回復基調にある on the upswing
公費解体 publicly funded demolition
仮設住宅 temporary housing
災害救助法 Disaster Relief Law
まず above all
持病 preexisting condition
手続きの煩雑さ cumbersome red tape
Support kumamoto quake victims so they can rebuild their lives
Friday marked one year since Kumamoto Prefecture was struck by earthquakes, including two that
It appears that transportation infrastructure has been restored in urban areas, and that residents' daily lives have regained a sense of normalcy. The prefecture's economy, which was hit hard by the quakes, also is on the upswing. It is important to accelerate the overall trend toward recovery.
However, their has been a conspicuous lag in the rebuilding of people's homes. publicly funded demolition of damaged or destroyed homes and buildings in Kumamoto city, the town of Mashiki and other affected areas is scheduled to be completed in March 2018. There is a severe shortage of workers in these areas.
Even now, about 45,000 people are living in temporary housing and minashi kasetsu -- private housing rented by evacuees but paid for by the government.
Kumamoto Gov. Ikuo Kabashima has announced a plan to extend the period people can stay in temporary housing beyond the two years set in principle by the Disaster Relief law and other laws. The plan is to have all people in temporary housing move to new homes by April 2020.
above all, houses need to be constructed so people can get on with rebuilding their lives. We want authorities to steadily promote efforts to eliminate the need for people to remain in temporary housing.
A disaster victim's mental and physical well-being can be negatively impacted as life as an evacuee drags on. The extremely large number of deaths related to the earthquakes, due to deterioration in preexisting conditions or other causes, attests to this. The quake-related death toll has reached 170, compared with 50 people killed directly by the earthquakes.