Japan faced its worst nuclear disaster in March 2011, when an earthquake triggered a massive tsunami. It not only devastated the fukushima nuclear plant but also left more than 18,000 dead. It was the worst nuclear accident in a generation. Moreover, thousands of other people lost their lives from illness linked to the aftereffects of the tragedy. This is based on official data furnished by the government.

Daily Mail UK reports that Japan decided to lift an evacuation order in some places since the level of nuclear radiation is now lower. These are the towns Okuma and Futaba where the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is located. The government said it “plans to lift the order for part of Okuma town on April 10.” Toshitsuna Watanabe, Mayor of Okuma, welcomed the move and said it will help to start reconstruction work in the region after eight years.

The nuclear disaster left a trail of destruction

The incident happened in March 2011. It began with the massive earthquake that led to a tsunami and caused extensive damage to the nuclear setup in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The death toll was in thousands and there was a large-scale evacuation of people from danger zones.

Apart from direct casualties, people died from diseases believed to be related to radiation.

The government has taken necessary steps for decontamination by removing the radioactive topsoil and cleaning affected areas to restore normalcy. They have gradually lifted evacuation orders across some regions affected by the meltdown and encouraged the residents to return.

However, people are still worried about the safety aspects because nuclear radiation has far-reaching implications.

Daily Mail UK says a recent poll revealed that anxiety about radiation remains for nearly 60 percent of Fukushima region residents. In fact, even now more than 50,000 people do not want to return. They appear to have doubts about the effectiveness of the measures taken by the government.

Hesitation among the residents of Okuma

According to The Mainichi, government officials say the mandatory evacuation order for residents of the town of Okuma will be lifted on April 10.

That will help Okuma Mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe to open the town's new office on April 14 so that it can start operating on May 7. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant suffered extensive damage from the tsunami the engulfed the six-reactor nuclear power plant located on the Pacific Coast. It resulted in core meltdowns and the world's worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl crisis.

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