Typhoon Sanba causes 397 million yen in crop damage

September 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

In the morning of September 18, the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) held a disaster response headquarters meeting to report on the damage caused by Typhoon Sanba. By 8:00am that day, it was known that damage to likes of sugar cane has been estimated at about 397 million yen. In addition to this, facilities for farming mozuku seaweed were also damaged. If we break down the amount of crop damage for each area, the northern region of Okinawa was about 200 million yen, the southern central region was 56 million yen, and the southern region was 140 million yen.

The OPG stated that the typhoon caused substantial damage to the fisheries industry such us to fishing-boats, floating bridges, aquaculture facilities and cold storage facilities.

Governor Hirokazu Nakaima decided to keep the disaster response headquarters team together for another week to further investigate the damage and to become involved in reconstruction assistance.

In all of Okinawa, there were 145 cases of flooding above floor level and 406 under floor level, especially in the northern regions such as Motobu. Flood damage in Naha is still being investigated, so it is possible that the figure for damage will increase. The numbers of people who opted to leave their homes were 544 people from 205 households, but this figure is expected to increase because the survey is not yet complete.

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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