Construction workers in Rikuzentakata were screwing in the corrugated aluminum rooftop of one of the first houses on Monday. The metal-sided structure rises on wooden stilts above the mud of a soccer field.

Temporary housing is beginning to go up for the hundreds of thousands of people who lost their homes in last week’s tsunami in Japan.

Construction workers in Rikuzentakata were screwing in the corrugated aluminum rooftop of one of the first houses on Monday. The metal—sided structure rises on wooden stilts above the mud of a soccer field.

Thousands of similar houses will go up in the coming months outside shelters scattered across Rikuzentakata’s hilly outskirts. Residents will likely stay in them for a couple of years until more permanent homes are ready.

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