Evacuation begins in Fukushima
Evacuation of some people who live outside the 20 kilometer radius from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun.
Families with babies and children up to kindergarten age and pregnant women are the first of the 7,700 residents of two towns to evacuate.
Municipal officials say they have secured temporary housing for almost all of the residents who want it.
One evacuee says he and his family have to move out for the sake of his children, but it is very discouraging to leave.
He says they will do what they can until the day they are able to return to their home.
Some farmers cannot evacuate soon as they have not been able to find places to move their cattle or have them put down. Some families cannot move together to designated temporary housing or cannot decide on the place to go as they would be far from work or school.
The Japanese government expanded the evacuation zone around the plant to areas where cumulative radiation levels are 20 millisieverts or higher per year.
Sunday, May 15, 2011 13:00 +0900 (JST)