The Yoshida district of Uwajima in the prefecture on Shikoku island has been one of the largest producing areas of mikan in the nation.
“I don’t know what to do with my mikan fields because my hands are full removing mud from my home,” a 65-year-old farmer said.
That year, the Ehime mikan production was worth 16.9 billion yen ($150 million), the prefectural government said.
According to the farm ministry, the downpours caused at least 11.09 billion yen in damage to farm produce, agricultural facilities and forests across the country as of 5 a.m. on July 12.
However, the number did not include damages in Hiroshima and Okayama, the prefectures with the highest death tolls in the disaster.