Students in Rain-Hit Western Japan City Resume Classes

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Kurashiki, Okayama Pref., Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--Students from five elementary, junior high and high schools in Kurashiki hit heavily by downpours in July resumed classes on Monday, using spaces at other schools in the same western Japan city.

The five schools in the Mabicho district in the Okayama Prefecture city restarted business, after a suspension of about two months following the heavy rains. Buildings at the schools were flooded in the rains, causing them to shut before the start of school summer holidays.

On Monday, ceremonies to restart classes following the end of summer holidays were held at schools in the district. The five schools will continue classes at other schools until makeshift school buildings are ready.

First- through fourth-graders at Yata Elementary School, one of the five institutions, will study at Tamashima Elementary School in the Tamashimaagasaki district in Kurashiki, and fifth- and sixth-graders at neighboring Tamashima High School.

The students of the five schools currently live at evacuation centers, relatives' houses or private-sector housing leased by the prefecture. They will commute to school on buses prepared by the Kurashiki city government.

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