Japan deploys military rescuers as deadly storm hits
Japan has deployed thousands of troops and rescue workers following one of the most powerful storms in years struck, killing at least 23 people.
Typhoon Hagibis made landfall south of Tokyo on Saturday, moving north and bringing a severe flood.
Seventeen people are missing from the storm, public broadcaster NHK said.
In central Nagano prefecture, water surrounded Japan’s famous bullet trains while helicopters plucked stranded residents from rooftops.
A total of 27,000 military troops and other rescue crews are deployed in relief operations, police said.
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“The government will do its utmost,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, promising to deploy more troops if necessary.
By Sunday the storm had weakened and moved off the property.
An older woman dropped out of a helicopter
In Kawagoe city, north of Tokyo, emergency crews used boats to assist residents trapped in a nursing home.
Nearly 150,000 houses in the greater Tokyo region are without power with running water too hit. Train and flight services cancelled under the threat of Hagibis are resuming.
Lots of the deaths came as individuals were buried in landslides or swept away by floodwaters.
1 woman in her 70s died after accidentally being dropped while being transferred by a rescue helicopter, AP reported, citing fire officers.
Some regions of Japan saw around 40 per cent of the average rainfall in just a couple days.
At the town of Hakone near Mount Fuji, more than 1m (3ft) of rain fell on Friday and Saturday, the highest total ever recorded in Japan over two days.
The rain also struck farming with warehouses and fields inundated.
“We had a flood like this before,” one farmer, in Higashi Matsuyama city, northwest of Tokyo, told AFP.
The storm led to a Rugby World Cup games being cancelled but a crucial fixture between Japan and Scotland will proceed on Sunday.
Qualifying for Japan’s Formula One Grand Prix was also disrupted but the race went forward and was won by Valtteri Bottas.
As the enormous storm approached, over seven million people were urged to leave their houses but it was believed only 50,000 remained in shelters.
Just last month Typhoon Faxai wreak havoc on parts of Japan, damaging 30,000 houses, the majority of which haven’t yet been repaired.