A strong Typhoon Hits Northern Japan leaving 19 dead – Reports

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A strong Typhoon Hits Northern Japan leaving 19 dead - Reports
A strong Typhoon Hits Northern Japan leaving 19 dead - Reports. APF japantimes

Japan, Rescue operations were underway in central, eastern and northeastern regions that were hit by floods and landslides.

The Defense Ministry has mobilized some 27,000 Self-Defense Force personnel for rescue and relief operations across the country.

The storm’s heavy rain triggered deadly landslides and caused rivers to burst their banks. The destruction forced Rugby World Cup organizers to cancel the third match of the tournament though the key Japan-Scotland clash will go ahead.

By Sunday morning, the significantly weakened storm had moved back off land.

But serious flooding was reported in the city of Nakano, in Nagano Prefecture, where the water level rose to a height of about 2 meters above ground after a 70-meter portion of the levee of the Chikuma River collapsed, according to sources including a local bureau of the land ministry.

A strong Typhoon Hits Northern Japan leaving 19 dead - Reports
A strong Typhoon Hits Northern Japan leaving 19 dead – Reports

Muddy river water flooded nearby areas, leaving hundreds of people stranded, including at a residential facility for elderly people.

The SDF deployed helicopters to rescue people seen standing on balconies waving towels to attract attention.

Overnight, we issued evacuation orders to 427 households, 1,417 individuals,” Yasuhiro Yamaguchi, an emergency official in the city of Nagano said, adding that it was unclear how many homes had been affected.

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Aerial footage showed a row of bullet trains half-submerged in muddy waters at a depot in Nagano.

A strong Typhoon Hits Northern Japan leaving 19 dead - Reports

In Chiba, which was hit by widespread power outages in September due to another strong typhoon, over 95,000 houses were without power as of 1 p.m., according to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.

A strong Typhoon Hits Northern Japan leaving 19 dead - Reports
A strong Typhoon Hits Northern Japan leaving 19 dead – Reports ,APF, JAPANTIMES

More than 70,000 other homes elsewhere in its service area were affected by power outages.

Tohoku Electric Power Co., serving northeastern Japan, said over 18,000 homes were without electricity.

Hagibis smashed into the main Japanese island of Honshu around 7 p.m. Saturday as one of the most violent typhoons in recent years, with wind gusts of up to 216 kilometers per hour (134 miles per hour).

Well before making landfall, the outer bands of the storm claimed their first victim, a driver whose van was flipped over in the strong gusts.
Several more deaths were confirmed Saturday night, including a man killed in a landslide and another pulled from a flooded home.

And the toll continued to rise as the full scale of the disaster became clearer Sunday morning, with bodies recovered from submerged cars and landslides across several regions of the country.

The Japan times reported