Prime minister Abe said that he approves of the evacuation plans around the Sendai nuclear plant and that he considers them “concrete and reasonable”.
There is currently no agency or authority to evaluate evacuation plans in Japan. Multiple news reports outlined how plans do not exist in most locations or are insufficient near Sendai and around the country. Minamata City, expected to be a fall back point 40km from Sendai has planned nothing. They are expected to have 28 facilities plus supplies prepared but there is no budget from the national government to cover this massive task. Only about 13% of the towns in Japan who are expected to have evacuation plans have drawn one up.
Kagoshima prefecture is supposed to have set up evacuation plans for anywhere within 30km of the plant. Instead they submitted plans for hospitals and care facilities within 10km of the plant only. The governor of Kagoshima said he was reluctant to develop plans to rescue all the people within 30km.
“There are 17 hospitals and welfare facilities within 10 km of the plant. Within 30 km, the number soars to 244. “We could spend long hours creating something unrealistic, but it won’t function” in the event of an actual disaster, Ito told reporters last month.”
The prefecture told the remaining facilities to figure it out for themselves how to evacuate anyone between the 10 to 30km zone.
Critics of the evacuation plans around Sendai pointed out that damage from earthquakes, landslides and tsunami were not given consideration in planning. Our review of the area found this to be a valid concern.
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