Downpour in Western Japan Designated as Serious Disaster
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Tokyo, July 24 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government designated on Tuesday recent torrential rain that caused fatal floods and mudslides in western Japan, mainly the prefectures of Okayama, Hiroshima and Ehime, and other regions as a disaster with extreme severity.
The designation, which covers all areas affected by the heavy rain in May 20-July 10, will raise the proportion of local governments' reconstruction costs covered with state subsidies by 10-20 percentage points.
The move is intended to support their efforts to rebuild public works facilities, including waterways and roads, as well as schools and farmland.
An ordinance for the designation will take effect on Friday.
In addition, the central government will implement preferential measures for small companies in disaster-hit areas to support their business reconstruction. The measures will include the lowering of small business credit insurance premium rates.
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