Evacuation order lifted for town 11 yrs after Fukushima disaster

by IANS |

Tokyo, Aug 30 (IANS) An evacuation order in a town hosting Japan's disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was lifted on Tuesday, 11 years after the severe nuclear accident, with only a few former residents expected to return.

The mandatory evacuation order for the town hosting the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. complex was issued after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami hit Japan's northeast on March 11, 2011, which caused core meltdowns at multiple nuclear reactors and made the area uninhabitable due to high levels of radiation, reports Xinhua news agency.

Futaba is the last municipality to see an evacuation order lifted among 11 municipalities subject to such orders following the quake-induced disaster, with the municipal government aiming to increase its population to 2,000 by around 2030.

Although residents are now allowed to return home, more than 80 per cent of Futaba's total land area remains designated as "difficult-to-return" zones.

The parts reopened for habitation are located in the town's previously downtown area and its northeast where many commercial and public facilities are situated.

In addition, a survey last year found that 60.5 per cent of the residents had decided not to return, outdistancing the 11.3 per cent who expressed a desire to return, Kyodo News reported.

As of late July, 3,574 people from 1,449 households, or over 60 per cent of the town's population, were registered as residents of the two areas.

But the number of residents who participated in a preparatory program started in January, allowing them to return temporarily, totalled just 85 people from 52 households, the report said.

Latest News
Aaftab Amin Poonawalla's judicial custody extended for 14 more days Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 01:34 PM
Indian-origin Sushmita Shukla named First VP of Federal Reserve Bank of New York Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 01:00 PM
Randhawa and Singh trail going into final round of PGA Tour Champions Q-School Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:59 PM
Uproar in RS over Bihar law & order situation, Lakhimpur Kheri farmers' compensation issue Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:59 PM
Alyssa Healy relishing challenge of stepping into Lanning's shoes Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:57 PM
FIFA World Cup arouses Gazans' enthusiasm despite daily woes Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:56 PM
Brazil must be at their best to beat Croatia: Danilo Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:55 PM
Indigenous sport kabaddi triumphs over a global marquee sporting event in latest viewership data Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:54 PM
Germany, Belgium's early exits lead to jersey devaluation Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:53 PM
TPL: Bengaluru Spartans displace Finecab Hyderabad Strikers from the top on Day 2 Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:52 PM
Australian Open 2022: World No 1 Swiatek leads entry list Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:51 PM
Overcoming odds, 3 movement leaders emerge victorious in Guj Assemby polls Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:49 PM
US and Russia undertake high-profile prisoner swap at Abu Dhabi airport Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:42 PM
Extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances continue in Balochistan: rights body Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:36 PM
ED tracking links between teachers' recruitment & cattle smuggling scams in Bengal Fri, Dec 09, 2022, 12:25 PM