158 Temporary Housing Units Eyed in Rain-Hit Ehime Pref., 200 in Kurashiki

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Matsuyama/Okayama, July 24 (Jiji Press)--Work has started to construct 158 temporary housing units in Ehime Prefecture for people whose houses were destroyed or heavily damaged by floods or landslides caused by torrential rain that mainly hit western Japan earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the prefectural government of Okayama plans to build 200 temporary housing units in the city of Kurashiki, which was also hit hard by the disaster.

In Ehime, 60 units will be built at two locations in the city of Ozu and 98 at two sites in the city of Seiyo, prefectural government officials said. The wooden houses will likely be completed in late August, they said.

People moving into the temporary units will be allowed to live in the houses for up to two years in principle. Rents will be covered by the prefectural government, while utility costs will be borne by residents.

Kimio Yano, 66, a restaurant owner in Seiyo, recently moved to an evacuation center with his mother, who is nearly 90 years old, from the house of a relative. His house was flooded and became unlivable due to the rain disaster.

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