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Quake and tsunami survivors wait for temporary homes

04-07-2011 19:25 BJT Special Report:9.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Japan |

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The earthquake and tsunami have forced thousands of people to leave their homes in Japan. While they continue to live in emergency shelters, construction of temporary houses is now underway. Wang Mangmang has this report from hard-hit Miyagi Prefecture.

Chokichi Aizawa looks forward to information from outside. But the man still hasn't heard news about his missing son. His home is also gone.

Tsunami survivor Chokichi Aizawa said, "It's okay to live here. It's warm, and we've been taken care of. But my family and my land have fallen apart. My daughter-in-law has just sent me some money, but I don't need it. It's difficult for me to think about the future."

Just like Aizawa, most people living in this temporary shelter feel insecure. They do not know when or if they can return home. Some are still hoping to find their loved ones.

Facing reality remains difficult, despite the abundant supply of everyday necessities. The Self-Defense Forces prepare the daily meals, and are on stand-by for any request.

And there is another option.

CCYV reporter Wang Mangmang said, "Construction of these temporary houses started immediately after the tsunami. They are designed to best meet temporary needs. Conditions here may be better than the shelters, but they may not appeal to everyone. And this is the most difficult question the government has to deal with when building these homes."

Over a hundred temporary houses are expected to rise on this land. In Myagi Prefecture, a total of 30-thousand such buildings will be called home.

Survivors, however, disagree over the choice of location. They say it's too far from home. But building close by is technically impossible.

Masao Kakuta, director of Miyagi Prefecture Housing Department, said, "We have to first investigate how many people want to move in and then build the houses. Otherwise it's going to be a waste. We certainly try to persuade these survivors, but in the end, it's up to them."

The scale and scope of the disaster is unprecedented, so it's not yet clear when building can be completed.

The lack of energy, human resources, and materials and transport difficulties are adding to the uncertainty.

Masao Kakuta said, "Our plan is to have 10-thousand temporary houses ready by the end of June. People can live there for free for at least two years."

But some survivors opt for a third alternative — they choose to stay in their own houses among the debris. That's where they call feel at home.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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