Thursday 30 March 2017

Nuke plant evacuees return for belongings

James Hunter in Tokyo

Residents living near Japan's devastated Fukushima nuclear plant returned home yesterday for the first time since the crisis began more than two months ago.

Wearing white protective suits and masks, they had only two hours to stuff their belongings into rubbish bags before leaving again.

Some residents stole a few minutes to light incense at a makeshift shrine in Namie, one of the deserted, evacuated towns frozen in time since March 11. Around 80,000 people had been evacuated from towns near the plant.

"It was just like it was when the quake hit," said 17-year-old Anna Takano.

Irish Independent

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