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Temporary Home Residents Decrease Sharply in Quake-Hit Kumamoto

Temporary Home Residents Decrease Sharply in Quake-Hit Kumamoto

   Kumamoto, April 13 (Jiji Press)--People still living in temporary housing after being affected by powerful earthquakes that mainly hit Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, five years ago now account for less than 1 pct of the peak level.
   How to hand down the lessons learned from the quakes at a time when memories of the disaster are fading has become an issue.
   On April 14, 2016, a foreshock rocked Kumamoto, followed by the main quake two days later. Both measured the highest level on the country's seismic intensity scale of 7 in the Kumamoto town of Mashiki.
   A great number of people lost their homes due to the quakes. But many of them have rebuilt their residences or moved to public housing for disaster-afflicted people in the past five years.
   According to the Kumamoto prefectural government, a total of 418 people in 150 households lived in temporary housing as of the end of March. After the quakes, up to 47,800 people used such facilities at one point.

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