Nuclear refugees

Nuclear refugees


March 11 marks the third anniversary of the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility.

In the aftermath of the disaster, a total of 160,000 people living around the plant were ordered to leave their homes. Many are still struggling to cope with the consequences.

. Iwaki, Japan. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Hiroshi Masakura (pictured above) comes from the town of Tomioka, close to the tsunami-stricken nuclear power facility.

He and his family were among those who were ordered to leave the zone around the plant, and ended up living in temporary housing at an evacuation centre.

Hiroshi's wife died from an illness he considers related to depression she suffered while living at the centre for evacuees.

In the video below, he talks about his experience.