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Fifty municipalities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures hardest hit by the March 2011 earthquake are likely to have a personnel shortage of more than 2,500 in fiscal 2014, which begins April 1, raising concerns about delay in reconstruction work, the municipalities said Thursday.

The municipalities expect to make up for about 70 percent of the shortage by asking other regional governments across the country to dispatch some of their staff and hiring fixed-term personnel.

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