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Japan to Compile 400-B.-Yen Relief Package for Rain Disaster

Japan to Compile 400-B.-Yen Relief Package for Rain Disaster

   Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Pref., July 13 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that his government will draw up swiftly a relief package worth over 400 billion yen to respond to the recent torrential rains that hit the Kyushu southwestern region.
   Abe unveiled the plan during a trip to the village of Kuma and the city of Hitoyoshi, both in Kumamoto Prefecture, which were hardest hit by the rain disaster.
   In Kuma, he visited Senjuen, a care home for the elderly, where 14 residents were killed in the disaster.
   In Hitoyoshi, he gave words of encouragement to people at shelters set up at a junior high school and a sport facility.
   "I've witnessed the remains of the disaster caused by tremendous rainfalls," Abe told reporters at the Hitoyoshi city government office.

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