VIDEO: Japan Earthquake Victims Concerned about Future amid Aftershocks

Tue Apr 19, 2016 15:46:36

Residents affected by the earthquakes that jolted southern Japanese Island of Kyushu since Thursday are concerned about their future amid intensive aftershocks Over 1,100 people have been accommodated in a temporary shelter located in a gymnasium in the town of Mashiki, one of the worst hit areas in Kumamoto Prefecture.

The victims have been provided with relief materials, such as food, water and medical supplies for their daily use. But as aftershocks continued, people are not sure how long they will have to stay in the shelter and are worried about rebuilding their houses post the earthquake.

"We have been offered basic relief materials, such as blankets and quilts. But what I want most is freedom, because I feel quite confined here. I don’t know when I will be able to return home. The only thing I can do now is stay here and carry on," said one of the victims.

"I don’t know how long this will last. All my houses collapsed in the first earthquake. We will have to pull down the houses first before the reconstruction. Large machinery will be needed because it's hard to do it all by ourselves. I hope the government will help us clear the debris so that we can begin reconstruction," said another victim.

The twin earthquakes have claimed 42 lives as of Monday morning, with over 500 aftershocks.

According to local authorities, about 100,000 victims have been relocated to the temporary shelters set up in public facilities, including schools and libraries in Kumamoto, Reuters reported.

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