While some people say disasters bring people closer together, this idea does not always apply for those in Fukushima. Forced to evacuate the area after the 2011 double disasters triggered a nuclear reactor meltdown in the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, a recent poll showed that more families from the area are living apart than they are together.
Out of the 20,680 respondents, only 44.7 percent still live together with their whole family. 48.9 percent, on the other hand, said their family has been split up and currently reside in two or three more locations, while 15.6 percent of these families are split up across three or more homes. As the people originally living in the evacuation zones came to temporary housings complexes, many of them were forced to separate for various reasons, including level of radiation exposure and location of their work and school.
On another matter, 67.5 percent of the respondents claim to have at least one family member exhibiting symptoms of mental and physical distress, often caused by long -term evacuation and disaster trauma. While 50 percent of those who answered the survey mentioned trouble with sleeping and lack of ability to enjoy things they normally do, another 40 percent said they “feel constantly frustrated” and have the “tendency to feel gloomy and depressed.” Others who have persistent illnesses prior to the disaster and evacuation described their sickness to have gotten worse since leaving their homes and residing in the temporary housing complexes.
[via Asahi Shimbun]