Cenotaphs to Remember Torrential Rain Victims in Western Japan

Society Lifestyle

Saka, Hiroshima Pref., July 6 (Jiji Press)--A year after torrential rains killed more than 100 people in Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, moves have started to erect cenotaphs to remember victims and remind future generations of the disaster.

The Hiroshima town of Saka will install a cenotaph in a park in memory of its victims. Also to be erected in the same park will be an old stone cenotaph that was buried in dirt due to last year's rains but later recovered.

The old cenotaph was originally in the town's Koyaura area, where 15 people lost their lives and one person went missing in the rain disaster. It was for the area's victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima by the United States.

After the world's first A-bomb attack on Aug. 6, 1945, a first aid station was set up in the area and local residents worked hard to take care of some 360 people exposed to radiation. Half of those people died and were buried in the area.

A wooden memorial marker was set up for the victims in 1946 and was replaced by the stone cenotaph in 1987. After a landside triggered by last year's rains, it was covered by dirt and fallen trees.

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