Abe Vows to Help Residents, Industries after Typhoon

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Tokyo, Oct. 20 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed officials on Sunday to put together a package of measures to help residents and local industries affected by Typhoon Hagibis, which ravaged wide swaths of the country's central and eastern regions a week ago.

Abe stressed the need to assemble the package at an early date. It will be financed by reserve funds set aside under the government's budget for fiscal 2019, which ends next March, officials said.

The prime minister issued the instruction at a meeting of the government's emergency disaster response headquarters in Tokyo. The 19th typhoon of the season, which made landfall in Japan on Oct. 12, has left 79 people dead.

Earlier on Sunday, Abe visited the central prefecture of Nagano, one of the hardest-hit areas, to assess damage from the typhoon, following his trip to the northeastern prefectures of Miyagi and Fukushima for similar purposes on Thursday.

In the city of Nagano, Abe inspected the scene of a levee breach in the Chikuma River that flooded wide areas, while visiting evacuees at a shelter.

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