Kumamoto quake-hit want longer housing stay

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Residents enjoy talking to one another while having tea with neighbors at a communal building called “ Minna no ie” (everyone’s house) near temporary housing in Mashiki, Kumamoto Prefecture, on April 7.

The Yomiuri ShimbunKUMAMOTO — Nearly 70 percent of 100 residents in temporary housing built in the aftermath of last year’s Kumamoto Earthquake want to extend the period they can stay in the facilities beyond the two years set in principle by the Disaster Relief Law and other related laws, according to a recent survey conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun.

About 60 percent of respondents said they have not secured a place to live once they move out from temporary housing and have no prospects for doing so. The survey shows they can’t foresee alternative housing where they can create the foundations for their lives. In the midst of reconstruction, it remains to be seen whether they will be able to secure places to live.

Since the earthquake, 4,303 temporary housing units have been built in 16 municipalities of the prefecture. As of the end of March, 10,985 people lived in 4,179 units.

The survey was conducted from April 1 through April 3 for residents in six municipalities including Kumamoto and the town of Mashiki, where a lot of temporary housing was built.

Asked whether they hoped to extend the period of stay, 67 of 100 respondents expressed the desire to do so. Regarding how long of an extension they would need at this point, 32 of those 67 respondents answered they are uncertain or cannot calculate how long they will need.Speech

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