” FUKUSHIMA – The central government has informed the municipal assembly of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, that it plans to lift the evacuation advisory for most of the village next March 31.
Preparation work for the displaced residents to return to their homes is scheduled to start July 1, as requested by the municipal government in April.
The advisory will be left in place for the Nagadoro district because radiation levels there remain too high to allow people to return.
The government issued the evacuation advisory for the entire village after it was hit by fallout from the March 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant roughly 40 km away.
In June last year, decontamination work was completed in the village’s residential areas, reducing the average radiation level in the air to 0.8 microsievert per hour. ”