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Ty­phoon leaves 19 dead in Ja­pan

- Disasters · Incidents · Natural Disasters · Hurricanes · Japan · Tokyo · Yoshihide Suga · Nagano Prefecture · Nagano · Iwaki · Australian National University · Fukushima Prefecture · Fukushima · Miyagi Prefecture · Tokyo Fire Department · Chikuma

TOKYO (AP) — He­li­copters, boats and thou­sands of troops were de­ployed across Ja­pan yes­ter­day to res­cue peo­ple stranded in flooded homes as the death toll from a fe­ro­cious ty­phoon climbed to 19 with more than a dozen miss­ing.

One woman fell to her death from a res­cue heli­copter.

Pub­lic broad­caster NHK said 14 rivers across the na­tion had flooded, some spilling out in more than one spot.

The Tokyo Fire Depart­ment said a woman in her 70s was ac­ci­den­tally dropped 131 feet to the ground while be­ing trans­ported into a res­cue heli­copter in Iwaki city in Fukushima pre­fec­ture, a north­ern area dev­as­tated by the ty­phoon. She was rushed to a hos­pi­tal but died, a depart­ment of­fi­cial said.

The ca­su­alty toll was com­piled by Kyodo News ser­vice and was higher than one given by the gov­ern­ment spokesman ear­lier yes­ter­day, a day af­ter Ty­phoon Hag­ibis made land­fall south of Tokyo and bat­tered cen­tral and north­ern Ja­pan with torrents of rain and pow­er­ful gusts of wind.

The ty­phoon was down­graded to a tropical storm yes­ter­day.

“The ma­jor ty­phoon has caused im­mense dam­age far and wide in east­ern Ja­pan,” gov­ern­ment spokesman Yoshi­hide Suga told re­porters, ad­ding that 27,000 mil­i­tary troops and other res­cue crews were tak­ing part in the op­er­a­tion.

News footage showed a res­cue heli­copter hov­er­ing in a flooded area in Nagano pre­fec­ture where an em­bank­ment of the Chikuma River broke, and streams of wa­ter were con­tin­u­ing to spread over res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

The chop­per 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 and sev­eral peo­ple on a rooftop, with one wav­ing white cloth to get the at­ten­tion of a heli­copter. Nearby was a child’s school bag.

In an­other part, rows of Ja­pan’s prized 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 rooftops of res­i­den­tial homes vis­i­ble in some ar­eas, and res­cuers pad­dled in boats to get peo­ple out. Parts of nearby Miyagi pre­fec­ture were also un­der wa­ter.

The Tama River, which runs by Tokyo, over­flowed its banks, flood­ing homes and other build­ings in the area.

Au­thor­i­ties warned of a risk of mud­slides. Among the re­ported deaths were those whose homes were buried in land­slides. Other fa­tal­i­ties in­cluded peo­ple who got swept away by rag­ing rivers.

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

Boats as well as he­li­copters were sent to the flooded ar­eas, while res­cue crew dug through dirt else­where to try to get peo­ple out from homes buried by land­slides.

 ?? REUTERS ?? De­stroyed houses, cars and power poles, which ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia were be­lieved caused by a tor­nado, are seen in Ichi­hara, east of Tokyo on Sat­ur­day.
REUTERS De­stroyed houses, cars and power poles, which ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia were be­lieved caused by a tor­nado, are seen in Ichi­hara, east of Tokyo on Sat­ur­day.
 ?? AP ?? A res­i­dent is res­cued by a Ja­pan Self-De­fense Force heli­copter as the house is sub­merged in muddy wa­ters.
AP A res­i­dent is res­cued by a Ja­pan Self-De­fense Force heli­copter as the house is sub­merged in muddy wa­ters.
 ?? AP ?? A ve­hi­cle falls off a col­lapsed road in the ty­phoonhit Miyagi pre­fec­ture in north­ern Ja­pan yes­ter­day.
AP A ve­hi­cle falls off a col­lapsed road in the ty­phoonhit Miyagi pre­fec­ture in north­ern Ja­pan yes­ter­day.

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