Evacuees from Okuma, a town near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, arrive at an inn in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 3, 2011, weeks after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

by Hiroyuki Maegawa / via The Asahi Shimbun / October 17, 2012 /

GENEVA–Last year’s nuclear disaster is an ongoing “humanitarian crisis,” according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), which released its World Disasters Report 2012 on Oct. 16.

The report, subtitled “Focus on forced migration and displacement,” described the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant as a technological disaster leading to the “evacuation and resettlement of affected communities.”

The report included the Fukushima crisis in a chapter dealing with the estimated 15 million people who are displaced each year by development projects, many of them in developing countries.


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