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Japanese Told How to Evacuate Radioactive Areas
by Disappointing Results from Helicopter Water Dump
Thursday Mar 17th, 2011 12:11 AM
NHK is showing frequent weather reports as many people are living without heat in freezing temperatures. The Japan Self-Defense Forces (Jieitai) in helicopters dumped water on the Daiichi reactors and radiation levels decreased but by very little, so they have just now ceased. A few hours ago NHK showed instruction on what to do in the event of potential radiation exposure, including "place a wet towel over your face", "pack a small bag of supplies including hand sanitizer", and "evacuate promptly as ordered". Reuters report below includes NHK and other statistics on deaths, buildings damaged, number of people evacuated to date, and number of people without electricity and water following the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear reactor disaster.

NHK is is Japan's national public broadcasting organization.
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* The death toll is expected to exceed 10,000, with northeastern prefectures of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima most severely hit. At least 4,314 people were confirmed dead, but 8,606 people are still missing, National Police Agency of Japan says on early Thursday.


- More than 440,000 people have been evacuated, NHK says. Hundreds of people are waiting for help in isolated areas and have no access to food.


- About 850,000 households in the north are still without electricity in near-freezing weather, Tohuku Electric Power Co. says. The government says at least 1.5 million households lack running water.

* At least 87,894 buildings have been damaged, National Police Agency of Japan says. At least 7,400 buildings are completely destroyed, public broadcaster NHK says.

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