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According to a survey,Fukushima Prefecture households that remain evacuated has found nearly half of the households whose members lived together before the disasters are now split up.

In the Fukushima prefecture government survey, released April 28, 67.5 percent of evacuated households have members who have complained about health problems since the disasters, indicating that prolonged evacuation has weighed heavily on evacuees.

The survey found that 48.9 percent of evacuated households whose members lived together before the disasters are still divided. Members of about one-third of these households (33.3 percent) were living apart in two separate locations. Another 12.1 percent were split up between three locations, 2.9 percent between four locations, and 0.6 percent between five locations or more. A total of 44.7 percent of the evacuated households have been taking shelter together in one location since the outbreak of the disasters.

The survey showed that members of 70.2 percent of the households from “evacuation zones” had complained about health problems following the disasters. The corresponding figure for those who evacuated voluntarily was 54.9 percent. Symptoms such as “worsening of chronic diseases,” “insomnia,” and “being less unable to enjoy life” were at least 10 percentage points higher among those from “evacuation zones” compared with people who evacuated of their own accord.

The survey also shows that 50.6 percent of the households that voluntarily evacuated have moved the residential registrations of all of their family members to new addresses. Meanwhile, 86 percent of the households who fled the evacuation zones have not changed their residential registrations.

A Fukushima Prefectural Government official commented, “As for those households that voluntarily evacuated, many of them have been moving their residential registrations to new addresses in order to receive administrative services smoothly. As for those from the evacuation zones, many of them are probably worried that they may not be able to receive compensation (if they change their residential registrations).”

When the households that had voluntarily evacuated were asked about where they would reside permanently in the future, 36.3 percent of them chose the answer “undecided.” Altogether, 27 percent of them said they want to settle down where they have been taking shelter, surpassing the 17.1 percent of households that said they want to return to the municipalities where they had lived before evacuating.

Of the households that had voluntarily evacuated to locations within Fukushima Prefecture, 35.4 percent said they wanted to return to the municipalities where they lived before the disasters. The condition the biggest number of the households — 35 percent — set for returning to their municipalities where they had lived before evacuating was “the elimination of the effects of radiation and associated concerns.”

<Media Report>
Almost half of evacuated Fukushima households split up by disasters still divided: poll (Mainichi News)

Survey: Half of Fukushima evacuee households split up; distress rife in families (Asahi Newspaper)


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