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March 29th, 2011
05:20 PM ET

Workers endure austere conditions in averting nuclear disaster

Tokyo (CNN) - They sleep anywhere they can find open space - in conference rooms, corridors, even stairwells. They have one blanket, no pillows and a leaded mat intended to keep radiation at bay.

They eat only two meals each day - a carefully rationed breakfast of 30 crackers and vegetable juice and for dinner, a ready-to-eat meal or something out of a can.They clean themselves with wet wipes, since the supply of fresh water is short.

These are the grueling living conditions for the workers inside Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. They've been hailed as heroes risking their lives by braving high levels of radiation as they work to avert a nuclear meltdown.

But until now, the outside world has known little about the workers' routine.

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  1. Annie Kate

    I feel for these workers – the routine is relentless; the worry about their families must be just as relentless; and their fear of being impacted negatively by the radiation has to be huge. I hope there is a psychologist/psychiatrist available to the workers in their off hours to talk to if the worker feels the need – it could help mitigate mental & emotional problems later when they probably all will have PTSD in some form or another. I would also think that the government could assign some people to find the families of these workers so they can give reassuring news to the workers whose families are ok. These brave people are risking their lives every second they stay in near proximity to the reactors; helping them cope is the least that can be done for them. I admire these people tremendously for staying with the job and I hope that in the end any health or emotional problems will be able to be dealt with in a successful manner.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm |