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Typhoon Hagibis causes 38.3 bil. yen in damage to Japan's agriculture sector

A Self-Defense Forces member checks damage at an apple orchard in Nagano, central Japan, on Oct. 15, 2019, in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis, which swept through the area. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Typhoon Hagibis, which triggered massive flooding and landslides last week, caused at least 38.3 billion yen ($350 million) in damage to Japan's agricultural industries, the farm ministry said Friday.

The amount could climb further as the ministry is still trying to grasp the full extent of the damage.

The ministry made the estimate based on reports from 34 of the country's 47 prefectures.

Among the most affected regions, apple and plum orchard farms in the central Japan prefecture of Nagano and northeastern Fukushima were inundated. Livestock and rice farmers were also hit hard in central, eastern and northeastern regions, according to the ministry.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Taku Eto told reporters he intends to visit disaster-hit areas soon and "explain relief measures to support reconstruction efforts."

Typhoon Hagibis flooded at least 25,000 hectares of land across the country, claiming the lives of at least 78 people with a dozen others still missing.

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