The Tokyo Electric Power Co.(TEPCO) said on Sunday the bodies of two workers at the damaged Fukushia nuclear plant have been found. The bodies of the two young workers, Kazuhiko Kokubo and Yoshiki Terashima, were found a week ago, but they had to be decontaminated before being handed over to the relatives.
The TEPCO officials said the workers may probably have succumbed to injuries they suffered in the quake and tsunami that occurred on March 11. They were working in an operation management division of the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
It pains me that these two young workers were trying to protect the power plant while being hit by the earthquake and tsunami, TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata said.
TEPCO's handling of the crisis since the destructive leakage of radioactive elements from the crippled reactors has drawn flak from people across Japan.
Nuclear workers were still trying hard to secure control over four seriously damaged reactors at the plant so that further leakage of radiation could be stopped.
Japanese officials found a crack in the No.2 reactor at the plant on Sunday which was supposed to be the source of the leakage of radioactive water into the outlying sea. Even as efforts were on to stop the leak by pouring concrete into the pit where it was found, the mood was somber as it was not immediately possible to stop the leak once and for all.
A Japanese official said on Sunday it may take several months to restore order at the plant. We'll face a crucial turning point within the next few months, but that is not the end.
A series of partial meltdowns and explosions took place at the plant after cooling systems failed following an offsite power disruption in the impact of the tsunami.