• Kyodo


The city of Kumamoto, hit by deadly earthquakes in April, will start closing some shelters and ask about 2,000 of their occupants to move to different ones with better living conditions, city officials said Sunday.

Kumamoto, where some 5,200 people are still taking refuge and 160 shelters have been set up, plans to ask evacuees to move to any of 18 shelters where better privacy, comfort and medical care are available, the officials said.

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