DMATs Deployed after Hospitals Flooded by Typhoon Hagibis
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Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)--Disaster medical assistance teams, or DMATs, have been deployed in areas in Japan where medical institutions were severely damaged by massive Typhoon Hagibis over the last weekend.
According to the health ministry, a total of 29 medical institutions in Fukushima, Tochigi and other prefectures were flooded, and seven of them remained inundated as of Friday afternoon.
In the town of Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, three of four affected medical institutions became unable to offer usual services.
The three include the town's largest hospital, which was flooded above floor level. Inpatients were evacuated from there by Thursday. Usually, the hospital, located near the town government building, is visited by about 200 outpatients on a daily basis.
In the aftermath of the typhoon, the town government set up a medical aid station within its building, where full-time DMAT members provide medical care for free of charge.
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