Farm Damage from Typhoon Hagibis in Japan Tops 100 B. Yen

Politics Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--Damage caused to Japan's agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries by a recent powerful typhoon reached 102.73 billion yen as of Friday morning, the agriculture ministry said.

The amount is based on reports from 38 of the country's 47 prefectures that were hit by Typhoon Hagibis, which struck mainly eastern and central Japan on Oct. 12-13. The 19th typhoon of the year inflicted serious damage to crops and agricultural facilities, including irrigation channels.

The total amount is expected to rise because many local governments are still unable to examine the extent of damage.

Twenty-nine prefectures, including Nagano, Fukushima and Gunma, suffered 8.56 billion yen in damage on farm crops, such as rice, apples and cucumbers, according to the ministry. Damage to farmland and agricultural facilities stood at 50.96 billion yen.

Supplies of farm crops, mainly cucumbers and eggplants, are decreasing, agriculture minister Taku Eto said at a press conference Friday.

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