Kumamoto Three months after record-breaking torrential rain, rebuilding people’s lives early is a challenge

Kumamoto Three months after record-breaking downpours, rebuilding people’s lives early is a challenge October 4 at 5:33 a.m.

It has been three months since the record-breaking downpour in July, when 65 people died in Kumamoto Prefecture and two people are still missing. In Kumamoto Prefecture, disaster victims are moving into temporary housing, but due to the influence of the new Coronavirus, they are not able to conduct sufficient suscoering activities, and how to prevent the isolation of the elderly and rebuilding the lives of the victims have become a challenge.
A record-breaking downpour on July 4 killed 65 people in Kumamoto Prefecture due to flooding and landslides in the Kuma River, and the whereabouts of the two people are still lost.

According to Kumamoto Prefecture, as of the 1st of this month, 1470 buildings were completely destroyed, 3023 were semi-destroyed, and 1519 were flooded on the floor.

JR, which runs through the Hitoyoshi and Kuma regions, continues to have an impact on the transportation network, including the ins where it is unable to resume operation.

According to the prefecture, a total of 369 households and 701 people in five municipalities, including Hitoyoshi City, are forced to live in shelters, and at least 600 people continue to evacuate at home while remaining broken.

Under these circumstances, a total of 296 temporary housing units have been completed in seven municipalities, including Hitoyoshi City and Kuma Village, and 483 households have moved in, such as “deemed temporary housing” utilizing private rental housing.

On the other hand, due to the effects of the new Coronavirus, there are concerns about isolation due to the inability to actively engage in watching over elderly people who have moved into temporary housing, and the burden on victims has increased with the prolonged evacuation of their lives, and how to proceed with rebuilding their lives has become a challenge.