Reinforcement Work Completed for Breached Nagano Levee

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Nagano, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--Reinforcement work was completed on Wednesday for a makeshift levee along the Chikuma River in the central Japan city of Nagano after the original levee was breached following torrential rain brought by Typhoon Hagibis earlier this month.

Upon completion of the work, the city government lifted an evacuation order in areas near the scene of the breach that had been in place since Oct. 12.

According to the land ministry, the original levee collapsed in a 70-meter stretch, causing muddy water to flood nearby residential areas and submerge over 5,000 buildings.

The ministry established the makeshift levee by piling up sediment and reinforced it with a series of steel plates some 320 meters long.

"While some water remains, flooding has mostly been eliminated" in affected areas thanks partly to drainage work, a ministry official said.

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