• Kyodo


A hospital with an attached nursing home for the elderly that was severely damaged by the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11 last year in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, made a fresh start Sunday, after the facility was rebuilt with donations from Switzerland.

The only medical institution in the coastal town of about 8,300 people was refurbished at a cost of some ¥1.9 billion shouldered by the Swiss Red Cross. Seawater from the tsunami inundated the first floor of the four-story building, located on a hill 16 meters above sea level. Reports said the height of the wall of water reached almost 2 meters above ground level at the hospital.

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