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5 earthquake evacuees have died in Kumamoto while living alone in temporary housing

KUMAMOTO -- Five people have died while living alone at private apartments that the Kumamoto Municipal Government has been leasing for earthquake evacuees as temporary housing, city officials said.

There is a possibility that they died a solitary death without anyone present at their deathbed. However, the municipal government has declined to disclose the details of the five evacuees' deaths, citing the protection of their personal information.

According to the municipal government, the five people were women in their 40s, 70s and 80s and men in their 50s and 70s. Their relatives notified city authorities between August 2016 and January 2017 that their apartments would be vacated because they had died.

As of March 15, 2017, a total of 8,742 households had moved into private apartments that the Kumamoto Municipal Government had leased for evacuees affected by the April 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, according to applications filed by evacuees.

The municipal government has confirmed the details of 15,761 people in 6,914 of the households who have concluded their leasing contracts. Among them, 1,032 households consist of a single member aged 65 or over.

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