Japan: Typhoon Hagibis Worsens with Nearly 70 Dead

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A man along the Tamagawa River in Kawasaki on October 13, 2019, after the passing of Typhoon Hagibis.

The typhoon Hagibis struck the Japanese archipelago triggering “unprecedented” rainfall, according to Japanese meteorologists.

Typhoon Hagibis, which struck Japan between Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 2019, killed nearly 70 people, according to a new report on Tuesday by the NHK public television channel.

Fifteen people are still missing, the NHK reported.

More than 100,000 rescuers were still looking for survivors in areas flooded and affected by deadly landslides, triggered by the “unprecedented” rains that accompanied Hagibis, according to Japanese meteorologists.

The level of the rivers very high

The balance sheet had grown steadily on Monday and, in its latest count based on information collected on the ground, not its journalists, the NHK gave a total close to 70 people Tuesday at midday.

Precipitations on Tuesday morning and others planned in the evening posed a new threat to the inhabitants, complicating the task of soldiers, firefighters, police and coastguard.

“The heavy rains have raised the level of rivers and weakened the land in places,” warned government spokesman Yoshihige Suga.

We call on locals not to relax their attention and maintain maximum vigilance.

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