Fukushima’s largest evacuation center closes


FUKUSHIMA (majirox news) — Big Palette Fukushima, which at one time housed about 2,500 victims of the March 11 disasters and was the biggest evacuation center in the prefecture, will close its doors for good at 5 p.m. on Aug. 31.

The center housed residents mainly from the Fukushima prefecture municipalities of Tomioka and Kawauchi.

Fukushima Prefectural Government officials said that at the peak of the evacuation on March 16, public facilities within the prefecture housed 73,608 people who had fled from the disasters.

Prefectural government officials will continue sending evacuees into temporary shelters and other replacement housing until all have somewhere to live. They expect the process to be completed by the end of October, at which time all evacuation centers in the prefecture will be shut down.

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