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After the nuclear incident, Fukushima has now been hit by floods

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 09 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5140
  1. Gavin Blair
  1. 1Tokyo

Torrential rain and floods in Fukushima and Niigata prefectures, Japan, on the last weekend of July destroyed crops and houses and left the high numbers of elderly people in rural communities isolated and vulnerable.

The floods have added to the misery of a population already struggling to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear incident in March this year.

The rural Tadami area in the west of Fukushima prefecture has a population density of fewer than seven people per square kilometre and one of the lowest doctor to patient ratios in Japan.

“During the flooding, about 200 people in Tadami, mostly elderly, were …

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