Tokyo, Jan. 10 (Jiji Press)–Final disposal has been made for only 3.5 pct, or some 870,000 tons, of the debris from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the three hardest-hit northeastern prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, it was learned Tuesday.
Ten months after the catastrophe, 98 pct of temporary housing for evacuees has been completed. Meanwhile, the death toll from the disaster stood at 15,844 as of Tuesday, and 3,450 people remain unaccounted for, according to the National Police Agency.
According to the Iwate prefectural government, the amount of debris stemming from the disaster in the prefecture is estimated at 4.35 million tons, and 4 pct of the rubble was disposed of as of the end of 2011. Some of the debris was incinerated and buried, and some metal, wood and concrete were recycled, the prefecture said.
In Miyagi, 4 pct of the estimated 15.69 million tons of debris there was disposed of as of last Friday. In Fukushima, final disposal was made for 0.2 pct of the 4.38 million tons of debris as of the end of last year.
No debris disposal work has begun in the no-go zone set around Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which was stricken by the disaster.