Hospitals Still Without Power, Water After Typhoon

Hospitals still without power, water after typhoon

Japan's health ministry says more than 24,900 households in Tokyo, Chiba and Shizuoka prefectures still remain cut off from water supplies as of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Sixty-two hospitals are likely to have been hit by the power outage or water shortage. Ministry officials confirmed that 37 are providing treatment and other services as usual, but they have yet to confirm how the other 25 are coping.

The health ministry is trying to find out whether the death of a male patient at a hospital in Chiba Prefecture is linked to the power outage.

Officials say there have been no reports of patients using respirators and other equipment at home being transferred to hospitals, but they have not checked on all such patients.

All patients in need of dialysis have reportedly been transferred to facilities with power supply.

Officials say ten facilities in Chiba Prefecture for the elderly flooded or developed leaks, but no one was injured.

They also say 26 day-care centers and other facilities for children in the prefecture suffered damage from the typhoon, but there were no injuries.