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Japanese people rally against top court's ruling about Fukushima nuclear accident

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Japanese people rally against top court's ruling about Fukushima nuclear accident

2024-06-17 16:53 Last Updated At:17:37

Hundreds of people rallied outside Japan's Supreme Court on Monday to protest against the top court's ruling that the Japanese government is not liable for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.

The protesters chanted slogan and held placards reading "return my livelihood, return my home". They ranged from survivors of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, to plaintiffs' lawyers, university professors and ordinary residents, with many people in their 70s and 80s.

Some protesters said because of the high radiation risk, they were forced to move home a dozen times. Not only their life was totally upended, but they suffered serious psychological trauma.

The ruling that "the Japanese government is not liable" is a contempt for the pain felt by the victims, said the protesters.

The protesters also submitted the signatures of nearly 30,000 people to the Supreme Court, demanding a correction to the ruling, and they vowed to continue fighting until the top court changes its decision.

Hit by an earthquake and an ensuing tsunami on March 11, 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant suffered core meltdowns that released radiation, resulting in a level-7 nuclear accident, the highest on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale.

Japan's Supreme Court ruled on June 17, 2022 that the government is not liable for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, dismissing thousands of evacuees' demands that the state, not just the utility, pay compensation for damage to their lives.

The ruling was the first by the top court on government responsibility for the Fukushima disaster in four compensation lawsuits filed by about 3,700 Fukushima residents, which has drawn strong opposition from many local residents and relevant groups.

About 470,000 people in Fukushima and surrounding areas were forced to evacuate in the days after the nuclear accident. To this day, more than 26,000 people have not been able to return home.

Japanese people rally against top court's ruling about Fukushima nuclear accident

Japanese people rally against top court's ruling about Fukushima nuclear accident

Japanese people rally against top court's ruling about Fukushima nuclear accident

Japanese people rally against top court's ruling about Fukushima nuclear accident

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Rescue work underway as torrential rains batter parts of China

2024-07-15 05:24 Last Updated At:06:27

Local governments in areas hit by recent downpours in China are intensifying efforts to rescue residents trapped by floods, as torrential rains persist across some regions in the country.

On Saturday, heavy rainfall in Neijiang City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, led to urban waterlogging and landslides in some areas. The local firefighters swiftly responded to rescue operations. Firefighters transferred residents trapped in low-lying areas to safe place promptly, especially the elderly with mobility difficulties.

Rubber boats were also used to rescue and transport stranded passengers from cars as floodwaters inundated the streets. Water suction pumps were deployed to drain water from waterlogged residential areas, ensuring the safety and convenience of affected residents.

In addition, a landslide caused by the heavy rainfall sent a large amount of soil and gravel downhill, blocking the exit routes of a residential building at the foot of the hill and trapping residents inside. local firefighters quickly entered the building to conduct emergency search and rescue operations, successfully evacuating five stranded individuals.

As rainfall persisted in Neijiang, a level-III emergency response for flood control was implemented on Sunday morning.

In addition to Neijiang, some parts of Xinyang City in central China's Henan Province were hit by recent torrential rains, with rainfall peaking at 58.1 mm per hour. On Saturday afternoon, Zhaopeng Village in Shangcheng County experienced rising floodwaters, trapping elderly people and children in their homes. Local rescuers swiftly responded, using rubber boats to transfer the trapped villagers or carry them on back to safety.

As of Sunday morning, heavy rainfall continued in Xinyang, prompting the local meteorological station to issue an orange alert for rainstorms.

China has a four-tier flood-control emergency response system, with Level I being the most urgent response, and a four-tier, color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe warning, followed by orange, yellow, and blue.

Rescue work underway as torrential rains batter parts of China

Rescue work underway as torrential rains batter parts of China

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