15 Juin 2016
June 14, 2016
An order to evacuate parts of a village in Fukushima Prefecture following a nuclear accident over 5 years ago has been lifted.
Officials ended the mandatory evacuation of the eastern districts of the village of Kawauchi on Tuesday, 2 days after lifting a similar order for the nearby village of Katsurao.
51 villagers are now able to return to their homes in the districts of Ogi and Kainosaka, which are less than 20 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The nuclear accident in March, 2011, forced villagers, especially those living in the east, to flee.
In October 2014, the evacuation order was lifted for some areas of the village, but remained in place for the 2 eastern districts.
Only a handful of people are expected to return to the districts. Decontamination work has not been conducted in the woods surrounding the locations, and it would be difficult for people living in the area to go shopping or see a doctor.
Despite steady progress in the lifting of evacuation orders in Fukushima Prefecture, challenges remain in the move to return evacuees and rebuild the region amid lingering worries about radiation.