Survey on persons with disabilities in the areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake

September 24, 2012

It turned out by the survey of the three prefectures (Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima) that 1,655 persons with disabilities who owned the disability card fell victim to the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.

Based on the survey concluded on September 7 of these prefectures, the mortality rate which accounts for the whole possessors of the disability card was 1.5%, about twice of all the residents' mortality rate (0.8%).

The serious issue was clarified on how a person with disability is supported in society at the time of a disaster.

The most casualty count of the disability card possessors at a prefecture level was Miyagi as 1,103 persons, followed by Iwate (436 persons) and Fukushima (116 persons).

In Miyagi the persons with disabilities occupied about 90 percent of the whole prefecture; 519 persons with physical disability, 75 Deaf/hard of hearing, and 69 visual impairment.

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