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Lottery donation to be divvied up

Kyodo

Fukui Prefecture will give 20,000 yen to each of some 14,500 households that suffered as a result of recent flooding, using money from a 200 million yen lottery ticket donated by an anonymous winner, prefectural officials said Tuesday.

The plan was explained to the prefectural assembly in the morning by Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa.

About 89.2 million yen from other donations will also be used to make up the total sum of funds for the 14,479 households damaged by torrential rain that struck the area in mid-July, the prefectural disaster prevention headquarters said.

“When one is in need, even 20,000 yen would be of help,” a prefectural assembly member said. “I think the prefecture has acted promptly.”

Households that have suffered serious damage, such as the complete or partial destruction of homes, will receive an additional 80,000 yen each. This extra amount would be paid from the prefectural coffers.

At least three people died and two remain missing in floods that hit Fukui Prefecture. In Niigata Prefecture, 15 people were killed in torrential rains that occurred shortly before.

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