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Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor shares story of survival
02:58 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

A Japanese court recognized dozens of victims of radioactive “black rain” as survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on Wednesday, clearing the way for them to receive medical benefits just days before the 75th anniversary of the attack.

In its verdict, the Hiroshima district court said the 84 plaintiffs, who suffered radiation-related illnesses after the World War II bombing, should receive the same benefits as other victims who lived closer to the blast range.

The United States dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, a city in southwest Japan, on August 6, 1945, killing more than 70,000 people instantly. A second bomb followed three days later over Nagasaki and killed 40,000 more.