Typhoon leaves 19 dead as Japan launches major rescue – World

Helicopters, boats and thousands of soldiers were deployed throughout Japan on Sunday to rescue people stranded in flooded houses while the death toll from a fierce typhoon increased to at least 19 with more than a dozen missing.

Public broadcaster NHK He said 14 rivers across the country had been flooded, some spilling into more than one place.

The number of victims was compiled by Kyodo News service and was superior to one given by the government spokesman on Sunday, a day after Typhoon Hagibis touched land south of Tokyo and struck central and northern Japan with torrents of rain and powerful gusts of wind.

"The great typhoon has caused immense damage throughout eastern Japan," government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters, adding that 27,000 military soldiers and other rescue teams were participating in the operation.

News footage showed a rescue helicopter floating in a flooded area in Nagano prefecture where an embankment of the Chikuma River broke down, and water currents continued to spread through residential areas. The helicopter tore the stranded on the second floor of a house submerged in muddy waters.

Aerial images showed tractors at work trying to control flooding and several people on a rooftop, with a white cloth waving to get the attention of a helicopter. Nearby there was a school bag for children. Elsewhere, rows of Japan's precious bullet trains, parked in a facility, were sitting in a pool of water.

A stretch of Fukushima, in the city of Date, was also flooded with only roofs of residential houses visible in some areas, and rescuers rowed in boats to get people out. Parts of Miyagi prefecture were also underwater.

The Tama River, which runs through Tokyo, overflowed, flooding houses and other buildings in the area.

The authorities warned about the risk of landslides. Among the deaths reported were those whose homes were buried in landslides. Other deaths included people who were dragged along the raging rivers.

Suga said recovery was on its way. Some 376,000 houses were without power, and 14,000 houses lacked running water, he said.

Boats and helicopters were sent to the flooded areas, while the rescue team dug into the ground in other places to try to get people out of the houses buried by landslides.

Several train services in the Tokyo area resumed early in the morning, although others underwent security checks and were expected to restart later Sunday.

The ruling party politician, Fumio Kishida, said the government will do everything possible in rescue operations, even making sure that those who moved to the shelters are taken care of.

He acknowledged that Japan's power networks must be strengthened so that people in disaster areas can rely on timely information.

"There are many risks left, and it is a reality that we must remain on guard," Kishida said in a NHK TV Talk talk news. “We must do everything possible. In these times, a disaster can strike at any time. "

The Rugby World Cup match between Namibia and Canada, scheduled for Sunday in Kamaishi, northern Japan, was canceled as a precaution, but organizers announced that Japan will play with Scotland as scheduled for Sunday night. Saturday's games had been canceled. Shops and amusement parks were also closed.

While the typhoon was unleashed on Saturday with heavy rains and strong winds, the train stations and streets of Tokyo, which were generally crowded, were deserted and people were advised to stay indoors. But life quickly returned to normal under clear and clear skies on Sunday.

Evacuation centers had been established in coastal cities with tens of thousands seeking refuge. Kyodo News The service said evacuation warnings had been issued to more than six million people.

The typhoon interrupted a three-day weekend in Japan that includes Sports Day on Monday. Qualification for a Formula One car race in Suzuka took place from Saturday to Sunday.

Authorities had repeatedly warned that Hagibis was on par with a typhoon that hit the Tokyo region in 1958. But the security infrastructure that had brought Japan's modernization was evident. The typhoon six decades ago had left more than 1,200 people dead and half a million houses flooded.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1510624/typhoon-leaves-19-dead-as-japan-launches-major-rescue


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