Tokyo, Nov. 5 (Jiji Press)–The cost of damage caused to Japan’s agriculture, forestry and fishing industries by powerful typhoons Faxai and Hagibis had reached 253.37 billion yen as of Tuesday morning, the agriculture ministry said.
Faxai, the 15th typhoon of the year in September, and Hagibis, the 19th in October, caused extensive damage across the country, flooding crops and damaging irrigation channels.
More damage are likely to be reported, especially from severely affected areas. The government will announce additional measures to support those hit by the disasters later this week.
Total damage from Hagibis and ensuing downpours mainly in the Kanto eastern Japan region stood at 202.45 billion yen, of which 11.88 billion yen was to crops.
In the city of Nagano, central Japan, where a levee in the Chikuma River was breached, apple orchards were flooded as were strawberry farms in the city of Sano, Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan. Rice fields were also inundated in many areas across the country.
Damage to agricultural facilities and farmland was put at 116.21 billion yen. The forestry and fishing industries suffered damage of 59.52 billion yen and 10.14 billion yen, respectively.
Faxai, which hit hard Chiba Prefecture, eastern Japan, caused damage of 50.92 billion yen to the three industries.
The government plans to release a package of measures within the week to help rebuild the lives of disaster victims and damaged industries. It will dip into reserve funds of 500 billion yen set aside for fiscal 2019.
At a meeting with ministry officials Tuesday, agriculture minister Taku Eto expressed his eagerness to give full support so that affected farmers can continue their business.