Kumamoto Marks 3 Years After Major Quakes

Kumamoto marks 3 years after major quakes

More than 16,000 people are still living in temporary housing three years after a series of devastating earthquakes began in and around Japan's southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto on April 14, 2016.

Kumamoto prefectural officials say 16,519 people in 7,304 households were residing in temporary units as of the end of March. The figure is down about 65 percent from the peak of more than 47,000.

The quakes claimed the lives of 273 people. Of them, 217 died from causes related to the quakes, such as falling ill at evacuation shelters. 28 people are believed to have died alone at temporary housing.

1,717 public housing units are planned to be built by the end of March next year, but only 496 units, or about 29 percent, had been completed as of the 29th of last month.