Photo/IllutrationThe embankments of the Suemasagawa river collapsed, causing serious flooding in the Mabicho district of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. Roads are still covered with water on July 12. (Ryo Kato)

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More than 70 percent of people killed in torrential rain in western Japan were over the age of 60, and about half of all deaths were from landslides, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed.

The survey, based on interviews with police, firefighters and local governments, covered 141 victims whose ages and circumstances leading to their deaths were known as of July 12.

One hundred of the 141 fatalities were people over 60, according to the survey released on July 13. Specifically, 25 were in their 60s, 37 were in their 70s, 29 were in their 80s, and nine were in their 90s.

Thirty-four of the deaths were of people in their 30s to 50s. One twentysomething individual was killed, as well as one teenager.

Five of the dead were children from 3 to 9 years old.

Landslides killed 71 people, while 59 died after being swept away in flooding or falling into water passages, the survey showed. The remaining 11 victims died of other or unknown causes.

The Asahi Shimbun confirmed the ages of 54 of the more than 90 people who have died in Hiroshima Prefecture. Of those confirmed, 41, or 76 percent, were killed in landslides.

In Saka in the prefecture, a flow of mud and rocks destroyed a mudslide control dam. Seven women ranging from 70 to 96 years old died in the area.

In Fukuyama, also in Hiroshima Prefecture, a collapsed reservoir released water that swept away a house and killed a 3-year-old girl who was on the first floor.

In Ehime Prefecture, 26 people died in the disaster, including 16 in landslides and seven who were swept away by rivers or fell into water passages.

On Nuwajima island, off the prefectural capital of Matsuyama, a landslide on a mountain destroyed a house, killing a woman in her 30s and her two daughters, 9 and 6.

In Seiyo in Ehime Prefecture, a river, with an upstream dam sluicing water, overflowed. Five people died in the flooding, and four of them were between 74 and 82 years old.

In Okayama Prefecture, 58 deaths were confirmed as of 2 p.m. on July 12, according to the Okayama prefectural government. The ages of 16 of the victims were not immediately known.

Fifty of the 58 people apparently drowned in Kurashiki’s Mabicho district, where one-third of the area was submerged. Thirty-three of the 37 victims whose ages were confirmed were in their 60s or older.