By Max Clarke

The operators of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have this morning been ordered to pay ‘temporary compensation’ to evacuees forced to flee the exclusion zone surrounding the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) will pay 1,000,000 yen (£7,360) to every evacuated household as a temporary measure, before setting up a formal ‘Fukushima Nuclear Compensation Office’ on April 28th which will address more long term remuneration.

As Reuters estimate the numbers of evacuated to be approximately 140,000, Tepco will initially have to pay £1 billion simply to cover temporary compensation: equal to 25% of the company’s revenue for 2010.

“We deeply apologize for the anxiety and inconvenience caused by the accident in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station to all the society,” commented a Tepco spokesperson in a press statement.