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(Update) Japan to Designate Typhoon Hagibis as Severe Disaster

(Update) Japan to Designate Typhoon Hagibis as Severe Disaster

   Tokyo, Oct. 14 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his government plans to designate Typhoon Hagibis, which tore through central and eastern Japan on the weekend, as an extremely severe disaster eligible for enhanced state aid for afflicted areas.
   Once a disaster is deemed to be extremely severe, recovery work undertaken by local governments will receive additional state subsidies.
   At an evening meeting of a typhoon disaster response task force, Abe said the government will proceed with related investigations to designate the 19th typhoon of the year as an extremely severe disaster so that relevant local governments can work on emergency response and recovery efforts at full power without hesitation.
   He told government workers to do all they can to help typhoon-hit people live with peace of mind at an early date, under the policy of doing all the government can.
   At a morning meeting of the same task force, Abe said the government will set up a cross-ministry group to provide livelihood support for disaster victims. He instructed government staff to make the utmost effort to rescue affected people and search for those unaccounted for.

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