Evacuation order lifted in part of Fukushima 'difficult-to-return' zone

福島・葛尾村の一部で避難指示解除 居住地域で初

NHK -- Jun 12
Residents of part of a district near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant designated as a "difficult-to-return" zone have been allowed back in for the first time since the 2011 disaster.

A total of more than 300 square kilometers of land in seven municipalities of Fukushima Prefecture is still designated as a "difficult-to-return" zone.

The Japanese government lifted the evacuation order for part of the village of Katsurao on Sunday morning.

Vehicles passed through on the road connecting the village and other areas after workers opened the barricade.

Residents of the Noyuki district, which makes up 20 percent of the village, were forced to leave their homes due to high levels of radiation after the accident.

About six percent of the district was prioritized as a special zone for decontamination work and infrastructure projects.

Village officials say 82 people from 30 households are registered as residents, but only eight people from four households have so far expressed an interest in returning.

Jun 12 (ANNnewsCH) - 福島第一原発の事故により「帰還困難区域」となった福島県葛尾村の一部で12日朝、人が暮らす地域としては初めて避難指示が解除されました。  ...continue reading

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