About 90% of workers at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant fled at the height of the meltdown crisis in 2011, a Japanese newspaper has reported.

The Asahi Shimbun said the report was based on transcripts of interviews – stored in the prime minister’s office until now – with the plant director.

It differs from the account of the plant’s operator, Tepco, which said that workers were told to leave.

The plant was damaged by a quake and tsunami and has faced multiple issues.

Four reactors were severely damaged by the disaster that struck in March 2011. Some of the setbacks at Fukushima include worker errors and a series of toxic water leaks and power cuts.

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