Number of emergency houses for evacuees in Fukushima falls to 2/3 of peak level

A total of 3,561 temporary housing units built for evacuees from the 2011 earthquake and subsequent nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi plant are expected to be removed in 15 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture in fiscal 2017, according to a prefectural government tally. The number of makeshift evacuee homes, including prefabricated houses, peaked at 16,800 units. It is forecast to decrease to 11,043 at the end of the fiscal year on March 31, 2018, shrinking to about two-thirds of the peak level as those housing units are consolidated while occupants move elsewhere. Nearly half the existing homes will be vacant shortly. Temporary residential complexes, including prefabricated and wooden row houses, were constructed by the prefectural government at the request of municipalities. They are supposed to be removed later. The 16,800 houses were built in 25 cities, towns and villages in Fukushima. In April 2013, the number of occupied evacuee homes hit a peak of 14,590, accommodating 31,520 people. Occupants of makeshift houses have been on the decline as they relocate to permanent public homes for disaster victims and build new residences. As of March 31 this year, a total of 10,213 people lived in 5,542 temporary houses. Both numbers are about a third of their peak levels. (Translated by Kyodo News)