Japan Govt to Help Shift 10,000 Noto Quake Evacuees into Hotels, Other Facilities

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi speaks at a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Hotels, inns and other facilities in four prefectures are expected to be used as “secondary” evacuation shelters to house 10,000 people displaced by the Noto Peninsula earthquake by the end of this week, a government source revealed Wednesday.

The government fears that disaster-related deaths will increase in affected areas due to fatigue and deteriorating health from stressful living in current evacuation centers.

To prevent such deaths, the government in conjunction with the Ishikawa prefectural government plans to step up efforts to transfer the evacuees to secondary shelters in Ishikawa, Toyama, Fukui and Niigata prefectures.

“We will work with Ishikawa Prefecture and other entities to ensure a stable living environment for disaster victims,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi said at a press conference Wednesday.