Tuesday marks exactly two years since powerful Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan. The typhoon caused devastating flooding of rivers and landslides in many prefectures.
NHK has interviewed officials of eight prefectures, including the Tokyo metropolitan area, that were hit hard by the disaster. The survey found that as of this month, the typhoon has left 59 people dead or missing in those prefectures. Twenty-one of them were not killed directly by the typhoon but died later as a result of it.
More than 2,000 people, or a little over 1,000 households in the eight prefectures still live in temporary housing or other places.
The government is faced with the challenge of how to support the survivors' livelihoods for an extended period amid the sluggish pace of reconstruction.