The main concerns of the affected populations are leaving evacuation centres for temporary housings and employment.
5% of agricultural land in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures was damaged by the tsunami and agriculture and livestock industries suffered nearly US$ 9 billon damage by the disaster. 88% of registered fishing vessels were either damaged or destroyed by the tsunami as well. The total damage will change as investigations proceed.
Japan's Nuclear Safety Agency has raised the crisis level at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant from level 5 to 7, which is the equivalent to the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
The Government will designate several locations in Fukushima prefecture as Planned Evacuation Area where accumulation of the radioactive materials have exceeded the permissible level and will request the residents to leave the Area within one month.