Hundreds of pregnant women are fleeing Japan’s east coast and capital Tokyo over fears that radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant will harm their unborn babies.
Hospitals in the Osaka region, 450 miles from the crippled power station which is spewing radiation into the air, have been inundated with requests from mothers-to-be seeking a safe place to give birth.
More than 150 women from to wns near Fukushima and further along the coast have checked in to Osaka hospitals to give birth.
At least 58 women have fled Tokyo following the discovery of high levels of radioactive iodine in the city’s water supply.
So many are arriving in Osaka, hospital bosses fear they might not have enough staff to cope. Officials are making preparations to tend the women in public buildings that will be turned into temporary maternity wards.