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Typhoon-Hit Sanriku Railway Fully Reopens

Typhoon-Hit Sanriku Railway Fully Reopens

   Tokyo, March 20 (Jiji Press)--All sections of Sanriku Railway Co.'s Rias Line in Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, became available for services again on Friday, some five months after the regional train line was hit hard by a powerful typhoon.
   Last October, Typhoon Hagibis caused damage, such as mudslide flowing into a tunnel, to a total of 93 locations on the Rias Line, which runs along the Pacific coast of the prefecture, rendering about 70 pct of the line out of service temporarily. Suspended sections went back to service in stages, and the last such section, between Rikuchu-Yamada and Kamaishi stations, reopened on Friday.
   Sanriku Railway has been a symbol of reconstruction from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which inflicted serious damage to its facilities, and is attracting a number of train enthusiasts. After the October 2019 typhoon, the railway operator, based in the city of Miyako in Iwate, had received some 40 million yen in donations as of the end of last month.
   The 2011 disaster caused Sanriku Railway's Kita Rias Line and Minami Rias Line to entirely go out of service.
   After the two lines returned to full service in April 2014, East Japan Railway Co. <9020>, or JR East, transferred the section between Miyako and Kamaishi stations on its Yamada Line, which had connected the Kita Rias Line and the Minami Rias Line, to Sanriku Railway, and the 163-kilometer Rias Line was launched in March 2019 to integrate the two original Sanriku Railway lines and the Miyako-Kamaishi section,

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