Typhoon Hagibis latest: At least 26 dead and 18 missing after storm slams into Japan

At least 26 individuals have been killed and 175 injured after Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan inflicting large flooding.

Another 18 persons are missing, the nation’s public broadcaster NHK stated. 

Tens of hundreds of troops and rescue staff have been despatched to save lots of stranded residents and struggle floods brought on by one of many worst typhoons within the nation’s current historical past.

Helicopters and boats have been deployed within the rescue effort, together with in Tokyo and the encompassing areas.

The big storm has devastated low-lying land in central and jap Japan and reduce energy to nearly half 1,000,000 properties.

Homes seen in muddy waters after an embankment of the Chikuma River broke in Nagano (AP)

Public broadcaster NHK stated 14 rivers throughout the nation had flooded, some spilling out in a couple of spot.

One lady fell to her dying from a rescue helicopter.

A baseball stadium is flooded after Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, close to Tokyo (AP)

The Tokyo Fire Department stated the girl, aged in her 70s, was unintentionally dropped 40 meters (131 ft) to the bottom whereas being transported into a rescue helicopter in Iwaki metropolis in Fukushima prefecture, a northern space devastated by the storm.

She was rushed to a hospital however died, a division official stated.

Rescuers work at a landslide web site hit by Typhoon Hagibis, in Tomioka, north of Tokyo (AP)

Typhoon Hagibis made landfall south of Tokyo and battered central and northern Japan with torrents of rain and highly effective gusts of wind. The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday.

“The major typhoon has caused immense damage far and wide in eastern Japan,” authorities spokesman Yoshihide Suga instructed reporters, including that 27,000 army troops and different crews had been participating within the rescue operation.

Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall in Japan

Some 425,000 properties had been with out energy, the federal government stated, whereas at least 14,000 properties had no operating water.

Authorities warned of a threat of mudslides, whereas these whose properties had been buried in landslides had been among the many reported dead. Other fatalities included individuals who acquired swept away by raging rivers.

Evacuation centres have been arrange in coastal cities with tens of hundreds looking for shelter. Kyodo News service stated evacuation warnings had been issued to greater than six million individuals.

An evacuee is helped by troopers in Motomiya, Fukushima prefecture (AP)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened an emergency assembly and despatched the minister in command of catastrophe administration to the affected areas.

“I extend my condolences for all those who lost their lives and offer my sympathy to all those impacted by Typhoon No.19 (Hagibis),” Mr Abe stated.

“With respect to blackouts, water outage and suspension of transportation services, we intend to exert all-out efforts for the earliest recovery… we ask the public to remain vigilant of landslides and other hazards,” he stated.

Ruling get together politician Fumio Kishida stated the federal government will do its utmost in rescue operations, together with ensuring those that moved to shelters had been taken care of.

“So many risks remain, and it is a reality we must stay on guard,” Mr Kishida stated on an NHK TV information discuss present.

“We must do our utmost. In these times, a disaster can hit anytime.”

Landing restrictions at Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports had been lifted however greater than 800 flights have reportedly been cancelled, as had been some Shinkansen bullet prepare companies to the worst-hit areas.

In Fukushima, north of the capital, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) reported irregular readings from sensors monitoring water in its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The plant was crippled by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Tepco spokeswoman Emi Iwasa stated the storm triggered 11 leak alerts on the plant. Of these, eight had been confirmed as being triggered by rainwater and the remaining had been nonetheless being investigated. Ms Iwasa stated the operator had up to now not confirmed if any radioactive water leaked into sea.

The Rugby World Cup match between Namibia and Canada, scheduled in Kamaishi, northern Japan, was cancelled as a precautionary measure, however organisers introduced Japan will play Scotland afterward Sunday.

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