Abe Visits Disaster-Hit Okayama Pref.

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Kurashiki, Okayama Pref., July 11 (Jiji Press)--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Okayama Prefecture Wednesday to see firsthand the damage, such as burst dikes and landslides, that recent torrential rain inflicted on the western Japan prefecture.

Speaking to reporters in the city of Okayama after the inspection, Abe said, "The government will work to quickly designate the torrential rain as a disaster of extreme severity." The designation would make affected areas eligible for greater financial aid for reconstruction.

He spoke with people affected by the disaster to have their opinions reflected in government support measures.

Abe observed the disaster-hit Mabi district of Kurashiki and damaged parts of the city of Takahashi from a Self-Defense Forces helicopter. He was accompanied by Okayama Governor Ryuta Ibaragi and officials from the land ministry. The officials provided the prime minister with an overview of the damage.

About a quarter of Mabi was flooded and there were numerous reports of casualties. Takahashi was badly affected by landslides.

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