Miyagi Town Begins Work On Temporary Housing

Miyagi town begins work on temporary housing

Construction of temporary housing units for people who lost their homes in Typhoon Hagibis has begun in Marumori Town, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan.

More than 180 people are still living in shelters across the town. Most have been unable to even start planning how to rebuild their homes.

The town has requested the prefecture build temporary units for about 200 households.

On Wednesday, work began on units for 67 households on the grounds of Igu High School.

About 20 workers laid the groundwork, using rope and pickets to set the positions of the units.

A man in his 80s currently living in a shelter said he wants to move into a unit as soon as possible so he can start to rebuild his life.

A woman in her 70s said she feels uncomfortable living alone and wants to share a unit with someone from the same district.

The town plans to build temporary housing units at seven locations, including the site of a former junior high school, and hopes to complete construction by the end of the year.