Japan Designates Typhoon Hagibis as "Extraordinary Disaster"

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Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government Tuesday adopted an ordinance to designate Typhoon Hagibis as an "extraordinary disaster" under a relevant law, enabling the state carry out reconstruction works for local governments.

The 19th typhoon of the year, which caused extensive damage in eastern and central Japan in mid-October, will also be designated as a "severe disaster," making local governments eligible for larger-than-usual subsidies for recovery projects. Both designations take effect Friday.

It is the first flood disaster to be given the extraordinary disaster designation under the law on reconstruction from large-scale disasters.

The disaster also marks the second application of the law, after 2016 earthquakes that hit Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

Under the law, the central government will implement restoration works for damaged roads if requested, in order to reduce the burden on affected local governments busy dealing with disaster victims.

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