Nearly 52,000 Still Evacuated 8 Years after Disaster in Japan

Society

Tokyo, March 10 (Jiji Press)--A total of 51,778 people were still evacuated from their homes as of Feb. 7, though down some 20,000 from a year before, as Japan marks the eighth anniversary on Monday of the massive earthquake and tsunami, the Reconstruction Agency said.

About 32,600 residents of Fukushima Prefecture were still living outside the northeastern prefecture, after the disaster crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

As of Friday, the death toll from the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami stood at 15,897 in 12 prefectures, with 2,533 others still missing, the National Police Agency said.

Including those who died for disaster-related reasons, including worsening injuries, the number of deaths exceeded 22,100, the Reconstruction Agency said.

There has been steady progress in the reconstruction of infrastructure, including roads, as the end of the government-set intensive reconstruction period, scheduled for March 31, 2021, or the end of fiscal 2020, is approaching.

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