8 Years On: Evacuees in Temporary Houses Down to 3 Pct of Peak Figure

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Fukushima, March 6 (Jiji Press)--A total of 3,418 people were in makeshift prefabricated housing units in the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, hit hardest by the March 2011 disasters, as of January this year, falling to about 3 pct of the peak figure of 116,565 in March 2012.

But there are people who are yet to find places to settle, while more and more temporary houses are being closed.

Helping such people to secure bases for their lives remains a challenge eight years after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, and the subsequent nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 plant.

In principle, the use of makeshift prefabricated houses, provided to disaster-affected people for free by local governments, is limited to two years.

The durations of use have been extended repeatedly in the three prefectures, however, due to delays in work to construct permanent public housing by local governments and the central government's prolonged evacuation orders issued after the nuclear accident.

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