230 quake-affected households yet to receive funds

From NHK

NHK has learned that about 230 households, which were affected by the major earthquakes that struck the western Japanese prefecture of Kumamoto in April 2016, have yet to receive the relief funds they are eligible for.

Central and local governments provide funds to those affected by major disasters, such as earthquakes, to help them rebuild their lives. For those whose homes were destroyed, the amount provided is set at 1 million yen, or about 9,000 dollars, per household.

NHK surveyed 24 municipalities in Kumamoto Prefecture, and found that about 230 eligible households in 14 municipalities had yet to receive the money as of mid-September.

In order for victims of natural disasters to receive the funds, they need to apply to their local governments. But it was discovered that 8 municipalities have failed to urge eligible residents to apply.

Munenari Inoguchi of Shizuoka University is an expert on relief efforts for victims of natural disasters. He said it is a big problem that the funds have yet to reach so many people, 18 months after the major earthquakes.

Inoguchi added that he wants local government officials to work hard to ensure that victims receive the money, as the aim of the scheme is to help those affected rebuild their lives.
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