Flooded Schools in Northeastern Japan Resume Classes

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Koriyama, Fukushima Pref., Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)--Three elementary schools flooded by deadly Typhoon Hagibis earlier this month in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, restarted classes on Wednesday.

But students will take classes in nearby schools, as their own schools are still without electricity due to the floods. It is unclear when they will be able to study at their own schools.

The Koriyama city government arranged 15 buses for the students to commute to the nearby schools.

At Nagamori Elementary School, one of the three schools, students gathered at its premises and then traveled to four schools by bus, in several batches.

"I felt without hope when I saw the damage to our school," said Shigemasa Ochiri, principal at Nagamori Elementary School. "So I'm grateful that classes have already resumed."

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