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The government plans to set aside some ¥100 billion to deal with damage caused by heavy rain and other natural disasters outside big cities, hoping the funds will also go toward boosting the economy.

The expenditures will probably include about ¥70 billion for repairing roads, rivers and harbors, as well as around ¥25 billion for forest preservation projects, government sources said Wednesday.

The outlay, to be adopted by the Cabinet on Friday, will be crafted through the use of around ¥920 billion in reserve funds for the national budget for fiscal 2010, which ends next March 31.

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