Ahead of Winter, 460 People Still at Shelters in Quake-Hit Hokkaido

Society Lifestyle

Sapporo, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)--While the winter is coming, some 460 people are still staying at shelters in Hokkaido a month after the strong earthquake that claimed the lives of 41 people and disrupted electricity supplies across the northernmost Japan prefecture.

Many of the evacuees are in the severely affected town of Atsuma, where the Sept. 6 earthquake measured the highest level of 7 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale.

Electricity has since been restored throughout the prefecture, and water supplies have restarted except at 48 households in Atsuma.

With the approach of the winter, when it gets very cold and snows heavily in Hokkaido, securing housing for people affected by the 6.7-magnitude quake is a pressing issue.

About 1,400 houses were destroyed or damaged by the quake in 10 cities and towns in Hokkaido. The prefectural government plans to complete 130 makeshift housing units in the towns of Atsuma, Abira and Mukawa by the end of this month.

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