The Kyoto District Court on Thursday ordered the state and the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to pay damages to evacuees over the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

The ruling is the fifth among approximately 30 similar lawsuits, and the third in which a court found both the state and Tepco liable. The plaintiffs are set to appeal the ruling, as claims made by a number of them were rejected.

The court ordered the government and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. to pay ¥110 million ($1.04 million) in damages to 110 of 174 plaintiffs who fled Fukushima and other prefectures to Kyoto, in most cases voluntarily. The plaintiffs were seeking a total of around ¥846.6 million.