Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi: Over 700 People are Isolated in Noto Peninsula Earthquake-Damaged Suzu

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Members of the Self-Defense Forces search for missing people in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on Tuesday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi said at a press conference Friday morning that 713 people are isolated in Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, which was severely damaged by the Noto Peninsula Earthquake.

According to Hayashi, in addition to Suzu, about 10 people in Nanao, 21 in Anamizu, and 36 in Noto are also isolated in Ishikawa prefecture. In Wajima, the number of isolated people is still being confirmed.

Hayashi said, “We are making progress in ascertaining the isolated areas, but it will take time to ascertain the number of isolated people because of the damage to the roads due to the earthquake,” and indicated that the government would continue to provide assistance to the affected areas using Self-Defense Force helicopters and other means.