Typhoon leaves Around 33 dead in Japan
Rescuers in Japan are continuing to help people in the aftermath of a ferocious hurricane, as the death toll from the storm increased to as high as 33.
The government’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency, which has been conservative in its counts, said late Sunday that 14 people died and 11 were missing because of Typhoon Hagibis, while 187 suffered injuries. It said 1,283 houses were flooded, and 517 were damaged, partially or entirely. Reported by abcnews.go.com
Japan’s Kyodo News agency said 33 people died and 19 were missing.
The typhoon made landfall south of Tokyo on Saturday evening and battered northern and central Japan with torrents of rain and strong gusts of wind. The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday.
Kyodo News agency has reported 19 people are dead and 16 are missing after Typhoon Hagibis caused massive flooding in Japan.
Kyodo’s tally, which published various regional reports, says about 100 people are injured.
Government rescue teams have dispatched helicopters and boats to reach people stranded in flooded houses Sunday, part of a significant rescue effort in broad regions of the nation, including Tokyo and surrounding areas.
The casualty numbers keep growing, and the Kyodo report is significantly higher than what the government spokesman gave earlier in the day.
Experts have warned from the beginning that assessing the harm is difficult because the flood has struck about a dozen rivers, causing some of them to spill out in over one spot.
Japan’s chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga states Typhoon Hagibis has left seven dead and 15 missing.
He says damage to the home from the flood is extensive, but guaranteed recovery is on its way. Some 376,000 homes are without power, and 14,000 homes lack running water.
Boats in addition to helicopters are being deployed into the mountainous regions while saving the team are digging through dirt from different areas to attempt and get people out from houses buried by landslides.
Rescue efforts for people stranded in flooded areas are in full force after a powerful typhoon hurried heavy rain and winds through a widespread region of Japan, such as Tokyo.
Typhoon Hagibis made landfall south of Tokyo Saturday and proceeded northward.
Public broadcaster NHK TV reported Sunday that the typhoon had left three people dead, one person in cardiac arrest, 17 missing and 80 injured.
News footage showed a rescue helicopter hovering in a flooded area in Nagano Prefecture, following an embankment of the Chikuma River broke, plucking people from the second floor of a house submerged in muddy waters.
Many other rivers had overflowed, such as Tama River near Tokyo, according to NHK.
Authorities warned that the possibility of mudslides remained.