Hiroshima marks 1 year since landslide

Hiroshima marks 1 year since landslide
People pray for victims of the landslide disaster in an affected residential area in Asa-Minami Ward, Hiroshima, on Thursday.
PHOTO: Japan News/ANN

HIROSHIMA - Thursday marked the first anniversary of a deadly landslide in northern Hiroshima that killed 75 people, but there has been little progress in reconstruction of the devastated areas.

The scars left behind by debris flows, which hit residential areas before dawn, are still visible on the mountain's face. Housing reconstruction in the affected areas has not advanced, and many land plots remain vacant.

Local residents and bereaved relatives of the victims began gathering early Thursday at a monument commemorating the disaster and where residential buildings once stood. They prayed silently for the repose of the victims' souls and vowed to reconstruct the affected areas.

The number of landslide victims reached 75 in July, following the recognition of the death of an 86-year-old woman six months after the disaster as connected to the landslide. A total of 4,749 residential buildings were damaged in the disaster, with 396 of them destroyed.

As of the end of July, 184 households were still living in temporary accommodations.


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