Landslide Deaths in Western Japan Occur in Vulnerable Areas

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Tokyo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)--Nearly 90 pct of deaths linked to landslides and mudslides caused by torrential rain in western Japan in July took place in areas deemed vulnerable to such disasters, the land ministry said.

The findings indicate that these deaths may have been averted with early evacuation from these areas, ministry officials said.

Landslides and mudslides caused by the downpour took the lives of 119 people in eight prefectures.

Of the total, the locations of 107 deaths are known. Of them, 69 people were in areas designated as vulnerable to such disasters, while 25 others were in areas that were undesignated but considered vulnerable.

A warning of landslides or mudslides was issued for 505 municipalities in 34 prefectures during the heavy rain. Such disasters actually occurred at 208 municipalities, or 41 pct of the total.

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