Many Typhoon-Hit Schools in Japan Fully Resume Classes

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Osato, Miyagi Pref., Oct. 21 (Jiji Press)--Many of the schools heavily affected by deadly Typhoon Hagibis, which battered mainly eastern and central Japan recently, fully restarted classes on Monday, with some students commuting from shelters.

An elementary school in the town of Osato in the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi reopened for the first time in 10 days.

During a school assembly, students offered silent prayers for the victims of the typhoon, which flooded many rivers in and outside Miyagi. The death toll from the disaster stood at 81 across Japan as of Monday.

School Principal Katsumi Sasaki said: "I'm happy that all of us could meet without any injuries. It's important that you play with friends and study with teachers."

According to the school, of its students totaling 392, 24 suffered damage such as flooding of their homes, including those still staying at shelters.

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