Local gov’t survey: Deteriorating health reported by residents — 60% affected after fleeing radiation — Were 40km away from Fukushima plant

Published: January 30th, 2012 at 7:05 am ET
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Title: Evacuees of Fukushima village report split families, growing frustration
Source: Mainichi
Date: January 30, 2012

Frustration, deteriorating health, and a growing feeling of unfair treatment are being reported by residents who have evacuated from this village, a local government survey has found.

A survey by the Iitate village government obtained responses from some
1,743 people who have evacuated from the village, which lies within the
emergency evacuation preparation zone around the damaged Fukushima No. 1
Nuclear Power Plant. […]

Sixty percent of respondents stated that their health and the health of their families had deteriorated after evacuating, while 39.9 percent reported feeling more irritated compared to before the disaster. […]

Read the report here

Published: January 30th, 2012 at 7:05 am ET
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2 comments to Local gov’t survey: Deteriorating health reported by residents — 60% affected after fleeing radiation — Were 40km away from Fukushima plant

  • dosdos dosdos

    How would one expect them to feel, having their lives and health taken from them without any serious effort to make it up to them?

    • or-well

      Sad story. Overlooked.
      Another “unfortunate minority” in the making?
      The Gov’t will point to short, medium and lonterm programs, initiatives, studies, and responses.
      They’ll say “We’re on it.”
      “Share the pain. Buy Fukushima, buy local.”
      Those not displaced will empathise, but not suffer the dislocation.
      People want to go home. “Decontamination”
      efforts will proceed, effective or not. Many will go home, at some point.
      But what of those who won’t go home, or those from the forbidden zone, displaced for generations, smothered under the endless rolling waves of 24/7 news, bureaucracy, coverup and spin, relegated to occassional “back page” “human interest” stories?
      Maybe their reality will spawn anti-nuke activists – if their voices are heard, if their needs are voiced internationally.
      Maybe the voices of non-displaced Mothers will join them in a chorus, along with those who sicken and suffer.
      We, outside of Japan, must listen, must echo those voices so they know they are not alone. They need to hear our voices saying the same anti-nuclear message.