At least 270 elementary and junior high schools were damaged by floods and mudslides earlier this month caused by torrential rain, the education ministry said Tuesday.

The western prefectures of Okayama, Hiroshima and Ehime — where most of the more than 200 deaths occurred in the disasters — reported that around 150 schools had closed, with many unable to resume classes, according to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

Schools were also affected in Hokkaido and Okinawa.