Over 80% of Tohoku Quake and Tsunami Rubble ``Completely Removed``

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Japan's Environment Ministry said that more than 80% of the rubble from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami has been removed in Miyagi and Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures.

Excluding debris from dismantled houses, the rate of rubble removal stood at 87% for Iwate, 94% for Miyagi and 43% for Fukushima, where efforts are being delayed by radiation leaks from a nuclear power plant.

The work is expected to be nearly complete in Miyagi as early as next month according to the ministry noting that the cleanup effort picked up pace as government funding became available and workers were able to overcome initial obstacles. The central government earmarked 351.9 billion yen for rubble removal in the first supplementary budget for fiscal 2011

Ishinomaki was buried under roughly 6.16 million tons of rubble, the most among the stricken localities. But the Miyagi Prefecture city is now entirely clear of debris, including major highways and residential roads, the ministry said. By now, 13 of 27 affected municipalities in Iwate and Miyagi are rubble-free.

The disastrous earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011 has left innumerable disaster waste such as debris and rubble of the smashed houses, buildings and other concrete structures, and scrapped cars and ships. The waste management policies to deal with this disaster waste are mainly arranged by city councils, prefectural authorities, and Ministry of the Environment in Japan.

The total quantity of the disaster waste is estimated to amount 25 million tons.

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