Japan tsunami-hit town to move 1100 evacuees to other areas

April 3rd, 2011 - 3:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Minamisanriku (Japan), Apr.3 (ANI): The town office of Minamisanriku, one of the coastal communities hardest hit by the tsunami that followed the 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan on March 11, has decided to move around 1100 residents to other areas in Miyagi Prefecture.

The said residents are those who have accepted the town’s offer of mass evacuation among the 9400 residents taking shelter at local facilities.

Those moving are scheduled to gather at the Beachside Arena, the biggest of the 45 shelters in the town, from where they will be sent to Tome, Kurihara and Osaki and Kami where shelters for 3400 residents have been secured.

The town had proposed its initial offer of new shelters to 1120 of the 1400 residents, who were willing to evacuate collectively. Priority was given to elders and relocation of community units, but about 20 residents declined the offer as the shelters offered differed from what they wanted, Kyodo News reports.

Town officials are planning to conduct a second survey of the residents’ wishes soon. (ANI)

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