The local municipalities have certified 573 deaths as attributed to the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. More cases are pending. These deaths were situations where the fatigue or impact on chronic conditions caused by the accident contributed significantly to the person’s death. These are the first deaths to be recognized as part of the nuclear disaster and a harsh reminder how difficult the early weeks of the disaster were.
This report from March 18th cites many elderly or infirm patients left in a hospital 6 miles from the nuclear plant. In the chaos a lack of transportation and other resources caused the medical staff to leave these patients behind, others were evacuated. Those left behind had fragile health or were in a coma. The SDF later attempted to rescue the patients but many of the most ill evacuees died. Many in shelters lacked heat, power or food as responders struggled to locate survivors and distribute aid. Currently no details are available of those 573 deaths how many were people who sheltered in place or other details on their deaths.
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