Typhoon Hagibis swept away Fukushima nuclear decontamination waste bags into the riverOctober 16, 2019
The devastating floods in Japan caused due to rainfall on account of Typhoon Hagibis have swept the weekend and causes several bags full of waste which as removed from Fukushima’s nuclear disaster. The overflowing rivers and flooded homes saw major power cuts. Of the 200 overflowing rivers, 50 embankments have been damaged.
The Tamura City government has released a statement where they mention that the bags contained wood, grass, and leaves from the disaster and were collected when the decontamination process was going on. At 9:20 p.m. on Saturday, the workers realized that 2,667 bags were swept into the Furumichi River.
Six of these bags were found by workers but the rest of them have washed away. Decontamination workers used large plastic bags when cleaning up the debris from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The environment ministry of the nation said that the measurement of radiation did not show any changes even as the bags ran off into the water.
The death toll for the typhoon has reached 63, with 11 presumed deaths Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga has mentioned that another 8 people are missing from central and northern Japan. 200 injuries with 30 serious ones have been recorded.
12,000 homes have not had any power and 116,000 do not have fresh water.
Suga has said that $6.5 million from the reserves in the budget will be used to cover food and other necessities for those who are affected. The damage is yet to be assessed fully but the government is working on it.
Rescue work is gradually reaching its end, and now cleaning after the receding waters is the job at hand. Japanese workers continue to look for the lost contaminant bags.