4,000 People Still in Evacuation Centers Week after Hagibis

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Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)--Some 4,000 people were still forced to live in evacuation centers in 10 of Japan's 47 prefectures including Tokyo as of Friday, about one week after super Typhoon Hagibis ravaged central and eastern parts of the archipelago.

With huge amounts of disaster waste remaining undisposed of in areas hit by flooding and landslides, efforts to restore normal life are making tardy progress while temperatures are going down.

According to police and other authorities, 78 people were killed in 12 prefectures. The death toll is particularly high in Fukushima, at 28, Miyagi, at 16, and Kanagawa, at 14.

According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, flooding above floor level has been confirmed in about half of roughly 45,000 damaged houses nationwide.

Power outages, which affected approximately 520,000 houses at the peak, have almost ended. But, according to the welfare ministry, more than 95,000 houses still had no tap water in 12 prefectures including Fukushima and Ibaraki as of Friday.

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