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    Over 90,000 Japanese residents, living in the northeastern prefectures Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, still have no permanent home, after the region was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the Japan News reports.

    MOSCOW, September 12 (RIA Novosti) - Over 90,000 Japanese residents, living in the northeastern prefectures Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, still have no permanent home, after the region was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the Japan News reports.

    According to the newspaper, people still live in temporary facilities, with conditions  notably worsening as time goes by. The inspections carried out in August showed that most of the makeshift facilities had been partly destroyed by rain and snow and require repair and renovation.

    Due to delays in the construction of permanent housing and recovery of infrastructure, it is not clear, when all evacuees can return home. At the end of July, the number of those living in makeshift housing lots constituted 78 percent of Fukushima, 80 percent of Miyagi and 79 percent of Iwate residents.

    The construction of permanent housing in 18 municipalities is reported to be finished by the end of 2015. However, this will represent only 53% of the facilities, required to accommodate the disaster-affected inhabitants.

    A powerful earthquake occurred in Japan’s northeastern regions on March 11, 2011. It set off a series of severe tsunami waves that devastated many coastal cities in the north of the country and deprived tens of thousands Japanese of their homes.

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