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Last shelters in Fukushima Pref. close, yomiuri, 12/28/11

FUKUSHIMA–The last two evacuation centers in Fukushima Prefecture were closed Wednesday, more than 9-1/2 months after the March 11 disaster.

All shelters set up in hard-hit Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures–which held 448,000 evacuees at their peak–have now closed.

The evacuees have moved to temporary housing units, apartments rented for the evacuees or secondary shelters at hotels and other facilities.

At the evacuation center set up in the Hibarigahara athletic stadium in Minami-Soma, 13 evacuees of nine households from the city and Namiemachi started packing up their belongings at about 9:30 a.m. Six individuals moved to temporary housing units in the city in the morning, and seven people of three households moved out in the afternoon.

In Aizu-Wakamatsu, a shelter set up in a civic sports center–where one evacuee lived–shut its doors.

Although the shelters in Fukushima Prefecture have closed, 631 evacuees from Futabamachi in the prefecture are still living at an evacuation center at a high school in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture.

The last evacuation centers in iwate Prefecture closed in August, and the last one in Miyagi Prefecture closed Friday.

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About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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