No. of evacuated Fukushima kids down 998 to 20,430 as of Oct. 1

19 November 2016

The number of children younger than 18 years old still living as evacuees from their homes in Fukushima Prefecture following the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing nuclear accident stood at 20,430 as of Oct. 1, showing a decrease of 998 from six months before, according to a prefectural government survey released on Nov. 18.

Of the total, child evacuees outside the prefecture accounted for 9,252, down 594 from April 1 when the previous survey was taken, while 11,178 were elsewhere in Fukushima, down 404.

Among the prefecture’s municipalities, Minamisoma city showed the largest decline of 184 from the April survey to 4,115. It was followed by Iwaki city, down 181 to 1,177, and Fukushima city, down 131 to 1,430.

"The number of children who returned home permanently together with their families appears to have increased in the wake of progress in decontamination work and completion of new residences," according to an official of the prefectural government's children and youth policy section.

(Translated by Kyodo News)