De­vel­op­ments in Ja­pan’s dis­as­ters, nu­clear cri­sis:

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Con­tain­ment at three re­ac­tors in­tact: US reg­u­la­tors say al­though re­ac­tors at units 1, 2 and 3 have seen dam­age to their cores, their con­tain­ment struc­tures are hold­ing. Still, smoke rose from two of the units on Mon­day, and emer­gency work­ers try­ing to cool the re­ac­tors and re­con­nect power lines were forced to pull out. Fukushima Dai-ichi plant of­fi­cials have been bat­tling to bring the re­ac­tors un­der con­trol since the com­plex was dam­aged. Ra­di­a­tion found in some food, wa­ter: Wa­ter and veg­eta­bles have been con­tam­i­nated by trace amounts of ra­di­a­tion, though the gov­ern­ment says not at lev­els that are dan­ger­ous. Still, it has banned the sale of raw milk, spinach and canola from some ar­eas, while the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion calls on Ja­pan to do more to re­as­sure the pub­lic about food safety. Res­i­dents of one vil­lage are ad­vised not to drink the tap wa­ter. World Bank says re­con­struc­tion may take five years: The World Bank says Ja­pan may need five years to re­build from the earth­quake and tsunami, which have caused up to $ 237.09 bil­lion in dam­age. The disas­ter will likely shave up to 0.5 per­cent­age point from the coun­try’s eco­nomic growth this year, the bank says in a re­port. The bank says the gov­ern­ment will spend $ 12.11 bil­lion on re­con­struc­tion in the cur­rent na­tional bud­get.

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