Tepco to start compensating Fukushima evacuees by fall

Tokyo Electric Power Co will start paying compensation to victims of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident this fall according to a government timetable, The Nikkei business daily said.

Last Updated: May 17, 2011, 12:28 PM IST

Tokyo: Tokyo Electric Power Co will start paying compensation to victims of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident this fall according to a government timetable, The Nikkei business daily said.

According to the plan, provisional payments to evacuees from the 20km-radius exclusion zone around the plant will be completed by May end, and they will be able to make claims for specific compensation as early as autumn, the business daily said.

The government will complete interim guidelines for compensation in July, while the government and Tepco will finalize timetables for dealing with the ongoing crisis on Tuesday, the Nikkei added.

The plan also targets building 24,000 temporary homes in Fukushima prefecture by mid-August. Health screenings for residents will start by May, and debris and sewage removal is expected to begin before the year end, the business newspaper reported.

Radioactive soil on school grounds, a point of contention between residents and the government, is to be cleared away this year, the daily said.

Under a separate government timetable, an investigation into the accident is supposed to deliver an interim report at an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting in June, the paper said.

PTI