Abe Orders Support Package For Typhoon Victims

Abe orders support package for typhoon victims

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed his cabinet to compile a support package for people affected by Typhoon Hagibis.

Abe told cabinet members on Sunday to use this fiscal year's reserve fund of about 500 billion yen, or roughly 4.6 billion dollars, for the package.

Abe said the floods have ruined agricultural crops and damaged shops, factories, machinery and homes.

He said the damage is so extensive that many farmers, forestry and fishery workers and small-firm owners could lose the willpower to rebuild their businesses.

The prime minister said the government must act immediately to help people reconstruct their lives and livelihoods.