Japan will use around 710 million yen (6.5 million USA dollars) from the national budget's 2019 reserve fund to help finance disaster relief efforts following a powerful typhoon battering the country last weekend and wreaking havoc, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday.
Earlier, it was reported that over 60 people were killed and 15 remained unaccounted for, while 212 have been injured.
An unknown number of bags, each holding up to one ton of contaminated soil and vegetation from the Fukushima site, were swept away from a storage site in Tamura when the river flooded under heavy rains caused by the typhoon over the weekend.
The money will come from some a 500 billion yen emergency reserve, he said. Thousands of homes remain submerged in water and with no electricity.
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe uttered, "The national government will continue to do everything possible so that the victims of this disaster can return to their normal lives as soon as possible".
He said the water had reached about 2 meters (6.6 feet) deep in his house, when he and his son were rescued by boat and taken to an evacuation center.
According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and other government agencies, collapsed embankments at 73 locations along 52 rivers had been confirmed.
Local trains have gradually resumed operation but some Shinkansen bullet trains were still suspended in the hard-hit Nagano and Niigata regions in central Japan.