Developments in Japan’s disasters, nuclear crisis:
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.