2,800 Still in Shelters One Month after Typhoon Hagibis Hits Japan

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Tokyo, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)--About 2,800 people are still living in evacuation centers in 10 of Japan's 47 prefectures one month after Super Typhoon Hagibis slammed the archipelago.

It is an urgent task for administrative authorities to provide the evacuees with temporary housing before the full start of winter, experts noted.

The 19th typhoon of the year, which made a landfall in Shizuoka Prefecture on Oct. 12, was so devastating that 90 people were killed in 13 prefectures including Tokyo and levees ruptured at 140 points of 71 rivers mostly in central, eastern and northeastern regions.

Of the total victims, those aged 65 or older accounted for nearly 60 pct. Three children aged 10 or younger were also killed in the disaster.

Among the 62 victims whose places of death were confirmed, 33 were killed inside their own homes and the rest were outdoors. As of Monday, five people remained unaccounted for.

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