Abe Visits Typhoon - Hit Areas In Fukushima

Abe visits typhoon-hit areas in Fukushima

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima to inspect damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis last weekend.

Abe flew to Fukushima on a Self-Defense Force aircraft on Thursday morning.

He visited the city of Koriyama, where five people died.

Mayor Masato Shinagawa showed Abe around an industrial complex damaged by floods when the Abukuma River overflowed.

Abe later went to an elementary school which is sheltering about 100 people. He pledged to help the evacuees rebuild their lives and offered words of encouragement.

Abe also viewed a bathing facility being set up by the Self-Defense Forces.

He then moved to the city of Motomiya, where seven people were killed.

He visited the site where the Adatara River burst its banks and water gushed into a residential area. He was briefed by mayor Gigyo Takamatsu on the reconstruction efforts.

Abe is scheduled to tour neighboring Miyagi Prefecture later on Thursday.