(Subscription Only) Title: Red Cross labels Fukushima evacuations humanitarian crisis
Source: Asahi Shimbun
Author: HIROYUKI MAEGAWA
Date: October 17, 2012
Last year’s nuclear disaster is an ongoing “humanitarian crisis,” according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which released its World Disasters Report 2012 on Oct. 16.
The report, subtitled “Focus on forced migration and displacement,” described the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant as a technological disaster leading to the “evacuation and resettlement of affected communities.”
While the report said the radiation exposure doses in Fukushima Prefecture are far lower than in Chernobyl, it quoted a physician as saying: “It is difficult to reveal what potential health effects may occur long term stretching into the future.”
[...] IFRC Under Secretary General Matthias Schmale told a news conference [...] the Fukushima disaster has not ended.
Published: October 17th, 2012 at 10:34 am ET