Central Japan quake survivors try to look to the future, one month on

Thursday marks one month since a magnitude 7.6 earthquake rocked central Japan, leaving over 200 dead and thousands more living in shelters. Authorities are now working to support survivors on the long road to recovery.

In Ishikawa Prefecture, 238 people have been confirmed dead, with another 19 still unaccounted for.

As of Wednesday, over 46,000 homes were confirmed to have been damaged, many of them in the Noto Peninsula.

That has forced over 14,000 people into evacuation centers. More than 4,000 of them are living in secondary evacuation centers, such as inns and hotels, often in locations far from their homes.

In many areas, key infrastructure remains non-functional. More than 40,000 houses and businesses, mainly in Noto, lack water. Supply is expected to be restored in some areas by the end of March. But certain locations may not have running water until April.

Some people are trying to return to their normal lives. A fish market in Nanao City held its first auction of the year on Thursday morning. The market was damaged by the quake, but managed to reopen after some temporary repairs.

Emergency housing also became available in quake-hit Wajima City on Wednesday.

Locals expect a long road ahead. One of them said, "I am desperately thinking what I should do from now on. We don't know what the future will hold."

Authorities have been tasked with providing support to survivors forced to live in temporary housing, many in areas far from their homes and livelihoods.

The next step will likely involve helping local businesses get back on their feet.