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    On Friday (G August) thousands of Boy Scouts abandoned the site of the 13th World Scout Jamboree.

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    On Friday (G August) thousands of Boy Scouts abandoned the site of the 13th World Scout Jamboree. The site, in the foothills of Mount Fuji, had been bettered by three previous cays by continuous rain and high winds accompanying Typhoon Olive -- the worst to hit Japan for several years.

    Some 23,000 Scouts from 89 countries had been camping at the site since Monday(2 August), the start of the planned nine-day Jamboree. More than half of the scouts were evacuated to Buddhist temples, schools and military bases in the area on Friday. Officials said scouts were wading through thigh deep mud in places.

    Jamboree headquarters said that some scouts began returning to the site on Saturday (7 August), as conditions were improving. Officials hope to resume the Jamboree on Sunday (8 August).

    SYNOPSIS: On the foothills of Mount Fuji in Japan on Friday, thousands of Boy Scouts abandoned the site of the Thirteenth World Jamboree. Three days of continuous rain and high winds from Typhoon Olive called a halt to the proceedings in the nine-day event, which had begun on Monday.

    Fleets of private and army vehicles were called to evacuate more than half of the twenty-three thousand scouts. Leaving their rain-soaked tents in a quagmire of mud, many of the scouts stood in the rain waiting for transportation -- only to have the rescue vehicles break down on the treacherous roads.

    The scouts were evacuated to Buddhist temples, schools, and military bases until the weather cleared. For many, it was the first dry clothes and warm food for two days. One of the warmest places was the Red Cross hospital tent, the scouts managed to keep dry by staying on the beds. Outside of a few colds and chills, the only injury reported was a broken arm. Most of the scouts were suffering from fatigue, as their rain-soaked tents and bedding had prevented sleep.

    At a temporary headquarters set up near the Jamboree site, Japanese scouts officials and police continued to organise evacuation and lodging for the boys. officials said the Jamboree had not been cancelled, and that activities would continue to operate from temporary quarters. The Jamboree headquarters reported that some scouts had begun to return to the site on Saturday, and that full activities could resume on Sunday.

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