70% of planned public houses for disaster victims completed in Fukushima

A total of 3,400 public houses for evacuees from the 2011 nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi plant have been completed in Fukushima Prefecture, accounting for 70% of the planned 4,890 units. The figures were included in a progress report as of March 31 published by the Reconstruction Agency on May 19, which also covered residential land for private houses being developed for residents forced to relocate to upland areas and elsewhere due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster. Compared with the previous report as of the end of September last year, the latest total of public housing for evacuees from the nuclear accident represented an increase of 1,406 units. Planned public houses for victims of both quake/tsunami and nuclear disasters are expected to be completed by the end of fiscal 2017 through March next year. Public houses to be built for returning evacuees in areas where evacuation orders issued after the nuclear accident have been lifted increased by 21 units to 319. Residential land so far developed for private housing construction is equivalent to 1,301 houses compared with the planned total of 1,869. (Translated by Kyodo News)