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Japan: Typhoon Hagibis Wreaking Havoc, Death Toll Reaching Close To 40

The pictures from Japan following the typhoon Hagibis. (Image Credit: rnz.co.nz)

Following the arrival of one of the most devastating storms in 60 years, Japan is currently going through an unfortunate time, being at the receiving end of typhoon Hagibis. As per the latest updates, nearly 35 people have been killed so far due to the flooding post storm’s outbreak. The death toll is now rising towards 40, while 17 individuals have also gone missing.

Hagibis, meaning “speed” in Philippine language Tagalog, attacked the country as it entered through Tokyo, on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Record-breaking rain was also registered across many areas.

On Sunday, October 13, 2019, many rivers in the country went beyond their general levels, thus, bringing floods in more than 1,000 homes in the cities, villages, and towns.

Being hit by the typhoon the Japan government had also advised around 8 million people to evacuate. While most of them ignored, others decided to shift to safer places. NHK, the public broadcaster in the country reported that some of the people who were trying to move to different places died in between, including a 77-year old woman. She died after falling down 100 feet during an airlift.

In another news, a Panama-registered cargo ship sank due to the storm in Tokyo, and 5 crew members inside were killed, with the other three being missing as of now. Also, there was no power in 200,000 homes in Japan, on Sunday, according to the media.

Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of the nation, set up a task force for dealing with the heavy damage and sent the minister in charge of disaster management to those areas that are worst affected by the typhoon.
“I extend my condolences for all those who lost their lives and offer my sympathy to all those impacted by the typhoon,” said the PM.
He also assured of restoring the services back to normal as soon as possible.

Source: washingtonpost.com

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