Officials in Japan have confirmed that radioactive water is leaking into the sea from a damaged reactor at the Fukishima nuclear complex.
Efforts are being boosted to make the plant safe, as the Japanese prime minister makes his first visit to the country’s tsunami and quake-devastated region.
The visit comes three weeks after the disaster struck, and one evacuated resident told reporters it comes far “too late”.
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Prime Minister Naoto Kan said: “I have spoke to local officials about how to rebuild the fishing industry, how we can rebuild fish and shellfish farms. The Japanese government will do its best to support their efforts.”
The number of people dead and missing now stands at 28,000, and hundreds of thousands remain homeless.
The cost of the damage is expected to rise to the equivalent of 210 billion euros, making it the costliest ever natural disaster for a single country.