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October 27, 2004

Nature Wreaking Havoc on Schools

287 schools were damaged in the recent earthquakes that weere centered in Niigata prefecture. The total also includes schools in neighboring Gunma and Yamagata prefectures. The full extent of damage is still being assessed by the education ministry. 235 schools in Niigata alone took the precaution of closing on Monday. Aftershocks are expected to continue throughout the week.

Meanwhile in Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures, dozens of elementary and junior high schools reopened yesterday after being closed by flooding caused by Typhoon No.23 last week. On their first day back, students attended homeroom classes and helped clean their schools. Many are still staying in temporary accommodation after being evacuated from their homes.

The post office will send emergency relief packages to Niigata for free if you send them to the Nagaoka City Hall at:

Niigata-Ken, Nagaoka-Shi
Sawai-machi, 2-Chome 1-1
Nagaoka Shiyakusho
Saigai Taisaku Honbu

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