Over 60,000 Homes Still Out of Power in Chiba

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Yachimata, Chiba Pref., Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)--Over 60,000 households were still left without electricity in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, on Tuesday, while children were back to school, over a week after a powerful typhoon ripped through the area.

Some 66,600 households were still out of power as of noon (3 a.m. GMT), while some 10,000 households were without running water, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> and the prefectural government.

Over 100 elementary, junior high and high schools in the prefecture resumed classes, but more than 15 schools remained shut due to damage to buildings and other reasons.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told ministers to step up efforts to fully restore electricity in the prefecture as early as possible.

Finance Minister Taro Aso said the government plans to tap into 1.32 billion yen in reserve funding to cope with damage from Typhoon Faxai, which struck the greater Tokyo area on Sept. 9.

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