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Silence reigns over tsunami-ravaged town

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Houses are seen on vacant land in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, on Saturday.

The Yomiuri Shimbun NAMIE, Fukushima — Houses dot the empty landscape, standing as reminders of a village that existed before the Great East Japan Earthquake hit the area in March 2011. Only household items found in the homes and debris now show how people lived there in the past.

The Ukedo district of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, is located about seven kilometers from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, and was previously a bustling fishing town with a swimming beach. However, local people were forced to evacuate because of the tsunami and the nuclear accident that followed the earthquake.

Late last month, fishing boats returned to the Ukedo fishing port for the first time in about six years. Evacuation orders are scheduled to be lifted in some areas of the town on March 31. Yet people still cannot live in the coastal area of Ukedo, which will be developed as farmland and disaster-management forests.

This photo was taken by a Yomiuri Shimbun photographer using a drone, with permission.Speech



[Released on March 4, 2017]

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