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» Evacuation orders lifted in 3 municipalities today, one more tomorrow

The Japanese government has lifted remaining evacuation orders for some areas of Kawamata Town, Namie Town, and Iitate Village at 0:00 am on March 31, 2017. The government also plans to withdraw evacuation orders from a large part of Tomioka Town on April 1st.

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Though this instruction will reduce the evacuation zone in Fukushima to about one-third from its original area, less than 10% of the residents are expected to return soon.
As well as because of the fear of radiation and lack of life infrastructure, many residents have built their living basics in the place where they have evacuated.

The most severely contaminated area around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant including two municipalities which host the plant, Okuma Town, and Futaba Town, will remain a “no-go-zone.”

The total number of the residents who registered in the area where evacuation order has been lifted so far is about fifty-two thousand. However, the residents who have returned or has started staying in their original places for the preparation of return are about 8.6%. Although the government says that the level of radiation has decreased and life infrastructure has regained there, many of the essential health facilities such as clinic and hospitals remain closed.

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