Disaster Prevention Camp Held in Hiroshima for Children

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Hiroshima, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)--A camp for elementary school students to learn and be prepared for disasters was held in late July in Hiroshima, a western Japan city hit hard by landslides and torrential rain in recent years.

"It's important to be aware of the need for disaster prevention from childhood," said Hiroshi Kuraoka, 63, one of local community leaders who planned the camp.

"We want this event to be a chance for children to think (about disasters) while enjoying physical activities," he added.

Some 50 students participated in the overnight camp held at an elementary school in Aki Ward, where 18 people died in the rain disaster in summer last year.

During the event, disaster victims told stories about the time when water supply was disrupted and taught students how to use a portable toilet.

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