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(Update) Noto Quake-Hit Areas Moving toward Reconstruction 3 Months On

(Update) Noto Quake-Hit Areas Moving toward Reconstruction 3 Months On

   Kanazawa, Ishikawa Pref., April 1 (Jiji Press)--Central Japan areas hit hard by the 7.6-magnitude Noto Peninsula earthquake began to make some progress toward reconstruction three months after the Jan. 1 disaster.
   In the hard-hit Ishikawa Prefecture city of Wajima, its famous morning market achieved a reopening through a pop-up event held in the prefecture's capital of Kanazawa. The prefectural government, for its part, released an outline of an upcoming reconstruction plan before fiscal 2024 started on Monday.
   The temblor registered a seismic intensity of up to 7, highest on the Japanese scale.
   As of Friday, the death toll in Ishikawa stood at 244, including 15 who died of indirect causes related to the disaster, with over 8,000 people still living in shelters.
   The prefecture's data as of Friday showed that over 75,000 homes were damaged in the disaster. The number of evacuees decreased by about 3,000 from a month before to around 8,100, including 3,500 staying in secondary evacuation facilities such as hotels and "ryokan" inns.

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