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22 March 2011 :: 15:03:23 pm 51841

Evacuation Order For Workers At Fukushima Plant

Workers at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were ordered to evacuate as smoke and steam had been seen above reactors, which were seriously damaged by the 11th March earthquake.
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Kyodo news agency reports that the restoration of electricity to the plant have been temporarily stopped.
Japan’s Trade Minister, Banri Kaieda said it was hard to say the situation was heading in a safe direction.
IAEA director-general Yukima Amano said earlier he had “no doubt that this crisis will be effectively overcome”.

The death toll from the twin natural disasters have risen to 8,450 with nearly 13,000 people missing and more than 350,000 people are still living in evacuation centres in northern and eastern Japan.

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said that Japanese nuclear crisis appeared to be stabilizing.
The NRC said that nuclear reactors 1, 2 and 3 were moderately damaged but their containment was not broken.

Early on Tuesday, white vapour was seen rising from reactor 2 and smoke from reactor 3, Kyodo news agency reported.

Meanwhile Japanese government has stopped some food shipments from around the Fukushima nuclear plant area, as there were concerns about radioactive contamination of vegetables and water supplies.

Villagers living near the plant have been advised to stop drinking tap water because of higher levels of radioactive iodine.

Over the weekend milk and spinach products near the nuclear plant were found to contain traces of radioactive iodine far higher than the legal limits. Hence, the government suspended shipment of spinach from the prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma as well as milk from Fukushima.

However, the senior government official, Yukio Edama told that eating or drinking the contaminated food would not pose a health hazard. “I would like you to act calmly,” he said.

The World Health Organisation has confirmed that there was no traces of evidence of contamination in other countries. However, China, Taiwan and South Korea have announced to strictly check all Japanese imports.
“We have been using helicopters to deliver relief goods to some places but for today we have to switch the delivery to places that we can reach by road,” he said.

Some relief aids from other countries have started to arrive. Japanese government has begun finding temporary housing in other parts of the country for those in shelters.

In the north-east Japan, workers have begun building metal boxes with wooden floors as temporary homes for the Japanese victims on the hillside near the devastated town of Rikuzentakata.

Nearly 900,000 households are still without water.

Report by : BBC

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