Hospital Flooded by Typhoon Hagibis Reopens

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Marumori, Miyagi Pref., Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)--A northeastern Japan hospital flooded by powerful Typhoon Hagibis resumed some services Monday after being closed for about half a month.

The first services resumed at Marumori Hospital, the flagship hospital in the town of Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture, were patient interviews and prescriptions. The hospital, which receives about 200 outpatients each day, expects to be back to full operations in late November.

Marumori Hospital was inundated with 18 centimeters of water due to the 19th typhoon of the year, which hit central to eastern Japan on Oct. 12-13. By Oct. 17, 56 inpatients at the hospital had been moved to other medical institutions outside the town.

The hospital still has no running water and is unable to use its X-ray imaging equipment and magnetic resonance imaging machines.

"To be honest, I was concerned about the future right after the typhoon," Masataka Otomo, head of the hospital said. "I hope the reopening will bring some comfort to residents," he added.

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