573 deaths certified as nuclear-crisis-related in Japan

A total of 573 deaths in Japan have been certified as “disaster-related” by 13 municipalities affected by the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey.

This number could rise because certification for 29 people remains pending while further checks are conducted.

The 13 municipalities are three cities _ Minami-Soma, Tamura and Iwaki _ eight towns and villages in Futaba County _Namie, Futaba, Okuma, Tomioka, Naraha, Hirono, Katsurao and Kawauchi _ and Kawamata and Iitate, all in Fukushima Prefecture.

These municipalities are in the no-entry, emergency evacuation preparation or expanded evacuation zones around the nuclear plant, which suffered meltdowns soon after the March 11 disaster.

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