Evacuees in quake-hit Suzu City move into temporary housing

Evacuees in Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, have started moving into temporary housing after many homes were severely damaged in the Noto Peninsula earthquake that struck central Japan on New Year's Day.

In Suzu City, 456 temporary homes are being built at five locations. The first 40 were completed in the schoolyard of Shoin Elementary School.

People started arriving with their families shortly after 8 a.m. on Friday. They brought bedding and daily necessities from evacuation centers.

A woman in her 80s came to see the temporary residence with her daughter. Their house in the same district was destroyed by the quake.

They brought clothes with them and checked the electricity and water supplies.

The mother said she was glad when she was informed that she could move in. She said there was only a curtain for privacy at the evacuation center but she can now live in peace and quiet. She added that her room is more spacious and warmer than she had expected.

Her daughter said the future is still uncertain but she is grateful to have electricity and running water.

A total of 8,280 homes were destroyed or partially damaged in Suzu. The city plans to build about 2,500 temporary houses.