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Although the cleanup process has started, many residents impacted by the massive March 11 earthquake are not seeing much relief. On Tuesday, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported that most of the money raised by the Japanese Red Cross has not made it to the people who need it the most.
According to the article the Red Cross has sent about ¥58 billion yen to Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures but less than ¥5.8 billion has actually reached the people who have been forced out of their homes in the devastated areas.
According to investigations by the newspaper, the delay is because of the lack of staff in local government offices. The lack of infrastructure and information is also inhibiting residents from receive financial aid. In early April, a committee that was established to distribute donations to victims, determined that families would receive ¥350,000 for each member who was missing or killed in the earthquake and tsunami, another ¥350,000 would go to families whose houses were completely destroyed and ¥180,000 to families whose house was severely damaged in the twin disasters.
Each household within the 30 km radius of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are also expected to receive ¥350,000. Some local governments have said that they will wait until after the Golden Week holidays to distribute the money. [Yomiuri Shimbun]