October 15, 2019 / 12:22 AM / a month ago

Japan government says it will consider extra budget for typhoon relief

FILE PHOTO: Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso delivers a speech during a high-level forum on debt at the Finance Ministry in Paris, France, May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s government will consider drafting a supplementary budget if the 500 billion yen ($4.6 billion) it has in reserve for disaster relief is not enough, Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday, after Typhoon Hagibis flooded large areas of eastern Japan.

At least 58 were killed in the typhoon, with 15 missing and some 211 injured nearly three days after the storm lashed much of central and eastern Japan with high winds and intense rains, public broadcaster NHK said.

Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim

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