With many day care centers in central Kyushu either damaged or being used to house evacuees, many people are caught between trying to make a living and caring for their children.

As many as 89 day care facilities in 17 municipalities in Kumamoto Prefecture alone remain closed as aftershocks continue to shake the region, it was learned Wednesday.

Amid the crisis, the city of Kumamoto has set up a temporary nursery to support working parents.