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20% of those living in tsunami-damaged homes suffer from insomnia, mainichi, 3/4/12

ISHINOMAKI, Japan (Kyodo) — Twenty percent of households in Ishinomaki and the neighboring town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, that continue to live in homes damaged in the March 2011 tsunami have members complaining of insomnia and other psychiatric problems, a survey showed Saturday.

Roughly 4,000 households, or about 15,000 people, remain in their homes in the two municipalities hit hard by the earthquake-triggered tsunami on March 11. A local support group surveyed 2,850 of the households, and found 20 percent have members complaining of insomnia, anxiety and other psychiatric disturbances.

Most problems were not severe, such as people expressing unhappiness with life. But 5 percent of the households surveyed had members showing suicidal tendencies and other grave psychiatric symptoms.

The survey also found 22 percent of the households had members who do not have friends to whom they can confide their problems, while 29 percent said members have no close friends in their neighborhoods, indicating the isolation felt by people living in their damaged homes.

(Mainichi Japan) March 4, 2012

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

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