A district court Wednesday ordered the state and the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to pay a combined ¥419 million ($3.78 million) in damages to evacuees from the 2011 nuclear disaster.

The order by the Yokohama District Court was the eighth such decision against Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and the fifth against the central government.

Most of the 175 plaintiffs were forced to evacuate from Fukushima to Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, following the disaster, which was triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami. They had sought a combined ¥5.4 billion from the utility and the state.