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Six prefectural governments in western Japan on Monday submitted emergency requests to Tokyo for a special budget to be set up for measures to prevent agricultural irrigation ponds from collapsing.

The request by the six, which include hard-hit Hiroshima and Okayama, came after the failure of reservoirs caused deadly flooding and landslides during the torrential rains earlier this month. Noting that many of the ponds are old and dangerous, it urged the central government to help strengthen or scrap them.

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