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|Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by Isinweke(m): 1:36am On Oct 14|
Typhoon Hagibis: at least 25 dead as thousands join rescue effort
Military called in after worst storm in six decades causes widespread damage
Rescue efforts under way after Typhoon Hagibis hits Japan – video report
At least 25 people have died and 15 others are missing after one of the most powerful typhoons in decades struck wide areas of Japan’s main island on Saturday night.
Media reports said thousands of troops, firefighters and other emergency workers had been dispatched to rescue people trapped by floodwater in the worst-hit areas, as utilities raced to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes.
Typhoon Hagibis, which has been described by meteorologists as the strongest storm to hit Japan for more than six decades, caused widespread damage across low-lying land in central and eastern parts of the country, with rivers bursting their banks after hours of torrential rain and howling winds.
Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights and affected shinkansen bullet train services, the Japanese state broadcaster NHK said, reporting that more than 100 people had been injured.
Hagibis also caused disruption to major international sports events scheduled to take place over the three-day weekend, including the Rugby World Cup, forcing the cancellation of several pool matches.
Millions of residents of Tokyo awoke to sunshine and clear skies, and many train lines resumed services, but authorities warned that rivers in eastern Japan could still overflow and inflict more damage.
The prime minister, Shinzo Abe, held an emergency meeting and offered his support to all those affected by the disaster – the second destructive storm to hit Japan in the space of a month.
“I extend my condolences to all those who lost their lives and offer my sympathies to all those impacted,” Abe said. “With respect to blackouts, water outage and suspension of transportation services, we will do our utmost to bring about a swift recovery. We ask the public to stay vigilant in case of landslides and other hazards.”
The government said 27,000 members of the self-defence forces and other emergency workers had been sent to Nagano prefecture – one of the most badly affected regions – and other affected areas to help with the rescue effort.
TV footage showed military helicopters airlifting stranded people from homes that had been flooded by river water. Some families, including those with small children, had been forced to seek safety on their roofs.
A resident is rescued by a Japanese self-defence forces’ helicopter in Nagano prefecture. Photograph: Yohei Kanasashi/AP
One clip showed a helicopter hovering over a flooded area in Nagano prefecture, where an embankment of the Chikuma River had broken and unleashed sheets of water across residential areas. The helicopter plucked those stranded on the second floor of a home submerged in muddy waters.
Aerial footage showed tractors at work trying to control the flooding. Meanwhile, rows of bullet trains were left sitting in a pool of water at a depot.
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was wrecked by a deadly tsunami in March 2011, reported irregular readings from sensors monitoring water at the facility.
Emi Iwasa, a spokeswoman for Tokyo Electric Power, said the storm had triggered 11 leak alerts at the plant, eight of which were confirmed as having been caused by rainwater. The utility has not confirmed if any radioactive water leaked into sea.
Away from the plant, a stretch of Fukushima was flooded, with only the rooftops of residential homes visible. Parts of nearby Miyagi prefecture were also under water. The Tama river system, which runs by Tokyo, overflowed its banks.
Authorities at one point issued evacuation advisories and orders for more than 6 million people as the storm unleashed heavy rain and winds.
“The major typhoon has caused immense damage far and wide in eastern Japan,” Yoshihide Suga, the government’s top spokesman, told reporters.
Torrential rain causes flooding as Typhoon Hagibis hits Japan – video
“The water came up higher than my head in the house,” said Hajime Tokuda, a resident of Kawasaki, near Tokyo.
In Higashimatsuyama city, north-west of Tokyo, rice and flower farmers were counting their losses,water submerging warehouses full of freshly harvested crops.
“We never had a flood like this before in this neighbourhood,” said one farmer, who declined to give his name. “We cannot even go into the flower warehouse due to the water. I don’t know where to start cleaning up this mess.”
Authorities warned of a continuing threat from mudslides. Among the reported deaths were those whose homes had been buried. Other fatalities included people who were swept away by raging rivers.
Suga said damage to housing was extensive, but promised help was on its way. By Sunday afternoon, more than 160,000 homes were without electricity, the public broadcaster NHK said, adding that about 1,000 people in Chiba, east of Tokyo, were experiencing water shortages.
The widespread loss of electricity has again raised questions about Japan’s power infrastructure, weeks after Typhoon Faxai destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses in Chiba and caused extensive power cuts.
The improvements in safety infrastructure that accompanied Japan’s postwar modernisation were apparent, however. The authorities had repeatedly warned that Hagibis’s strength was on a par with a typhoon that hit the Tokyo region 61 years ago, but that storm, Typhoon Ida, left more than 1,200 people dead and half a million houses flooded.
The Rugby World Cup match between Namibia and Canada, scheduled for Sunday in Kamaishi on the country’s north-east coast, was cancelled, but the decisive fixture between Japan and Scotland in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, will go ahead the same evening.
Qualifying for the Japanese Formula One race in Suzuka was pushed back from Saturday to Sunday.
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|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by greatmarshall(m): 1:56am On Oct 14|
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by ladilawal82(m): 2:35am On Oct 14|
The damage was massive ... May they recover quickly from this calamity.
Lord, on behalf of the whole citizens of this nation, I thank you for not making us experience this and other dangerous natural disasters... #Grateful
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by EzeNdiAra: 2:41am On Oct 14|
Our leaders are worst than natural disaster
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|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by Hienna(m): 10:38am On Oct 14|
God help 9ja also...
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by Oooops: 10:39am On Oct 14|
Damn, This is terrible. The world is gradually coming to an end.
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|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by tsfxtech(m): 10:40am On Oct 14|
Saddening.. My prayers are with you.
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|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by MANNABBQGRILLS: 10:40am On Oct 14|
This is seriously serious!
We will always thank God that all these natural disaster is not joined to what we are going through in Africa.
We have enough going on in this part of the world already.
RIP to those that died in this calamity.
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|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by id4sho(m): 10:41am On Oct 14|
NARUTO ,but why na. No CHAKRA again for TYPHOON
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by Ernerstdavid55(m): 10:41am On Oct 14|
This year rain Sha it's too much in Lagos since this year rain never stop for Lagos ah ah wen dry season go come den ? Wat about peoples bisness
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by id4sho(m): 10:41am On Oct 14|
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by Ikem11(m): 10:42am On Oct 14|
Is better having a natural disaster than having the kind of leaders nigeria have... Won't you be happy knowing nature is dealing with you than knowing someone is somewhere killing you slowly.
Nigeria Is cursed
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by Goahead(m): 10:42am On Oct 14|
I tell you what, this is Japan where the gutters are clean enough for fishes to swim in. Expect this places to be cleaned and made to look tidier than the streets of Lagos in two weeks time.
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by davillian(m): 10:42am On Oct 14|
Corruption and bal leaders is our own Natural disaster.
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by wickedtuna: 10:43am On Oct 14|
Each of those bullets trains would cost upto $29 million and see them submerged in water
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by MANNABBQGRILLS: 10:43am On Oct 14|
id4sho:shut up and post your comment boy follow follow
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|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by kstyle2(m): 10:44am On Oct 14|
So sad. You know what is more shocking, buildings, properties, electricity supply that has been damaged due to the typhoon will be fixed in less than a year. In some countries, a committee will be set up, people from the committee will come and look at the affected areas with handkerchief in their hands while they wipe off those crocodile tears, blames will be traded by some of the political parties, money may or may not be disbursed to fix this. If the money is disbursed the pace of work will be so slow with the contractors hoping another typhoon comes to cause further damage which in turn means more money required for doing nothing while the affected people keep hoping and praying.
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by Nvc078: 10:44am On Oct 14|
See roofs abeg
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by hrykanu231(m): 10:46am On Oct 14|
Corruption is our worse natural disaster
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|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by id4sho(m): 10:46am On Oct 14|
MANNABBQGRILLS:ode, I didn't know u haff sence . sense will Lee u there
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|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by pinkyruledworld(m): 10:46am On Oct 14|
just passing by. RIP to the dead. We all gon die oneday for shizzle. Do Good
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by LordPsalm(m): 10:47am On Oct 14|
Lord Have mercy.
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by achikolo(f): 10:47am On Oct 14|
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by achikolo(f): 10:48am On Oct 14|
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by SolarKing1: 10:48am On Oct 14|
RIP to the dead. We thank you for Nigeria. The fact that most Nigerians till worship and pray to the Creator has prevented the devil from attacking us with Natural disasters. The unnatural disasters; senseless killings would end when the good people of Nigeria get sense and arise to destroy evil in our Land. God bless Nigeria.
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by Edyice: 10:50am On Oct 14|
When you realised that AFRICA is blessed
God knows African leaders can't repair
If something like this happens
Go and see Japan three weeks from now , you will be surprise
|Re: Typhoon Hagibis In Japan: 25 Dead As Thousands Join Rescue Effort by CanadaOrBust: 10:52am On Oct 14|
Typhoon Vera was a thousand times worse and killed over 5000 people in Japan in 1959, yet somehow the world did not end
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