Nearly 40,000 Live in Temporary Housing 2 Years after Kumamoto Quakes
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Kumamoto, April 13 (Jiji Press)--Nearly 40,000 people still live in temporary housing in Kumamoto Prefecture, two years after a series of strong earthquakes struck the southwestern Japan prefecture and neighboring areas.
The number of such people peaked at 48,000. As of the end of March, the figure stood at about 38,000.
Efforts to provide permanent housing, including construction of public housing for people affected by natural disasters, have made little progress due to labor shortages.
A total of 1,735 units of such public housing are planned to be built in the prefecture, but construction had started for only 309 units as of early April.
People living in temporary houses prepared by authorities following natural disasters are required to leave them within two years. The government last year approved a one-year extension for those affected by the Kumamoto quakes.
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