Volunteers Gathering for Help in Flooded Central Japan City

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Nagano, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)--Many people are flocking to a volunteer center in the city of Nagano hit by floods due to Typhoon Hagibis, hoping to "be of any help" to affected residents.

After torrential rains brought by the powerful typhoon burst the levee of the Chikuma River in the central Japan city last weekend, the city government is receiving volunteer workers.

The Shinonoi and Matsushiro districts in southern Nagano started accepting volunteers Wednesday. The total inundated areas in the districts are estimated at some 460 hectares, a city official said.

Volunteer workers carried out household goods from houses and engaged in mud removal and cleaning work, in line with the needs of disaster victims, according to the city's social welfare council.

As some items for disposal could be filled with memories, volunteers are asked to take time to hear the stories of victims and provide assistance related to emotional care.

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