World Typhoon Hagibis Slams Japan, Kills Dozens

05:35  14 october  2019
05:35  14 october  2019 Source:   online.wsj.com

Typhoon forecast to bring heavy rain to Japan's main island

  Typhoon forecast to bring heavy rain to Japan's main island TOKYO (AP) — Japan's weather agency is warning a powerful typhoon may bring torrential rains to central Japan over the weekend. Typhoon Hagibis had winds gusting up to 270 kilometers per hour (168 mph) Thursday morning. It is expected to weaken over cooler waters as it nears Japan’s main island.(NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) via AP) © Provided by The Associated Press This Oct. 9, 2019, satellite photo taken by NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite shows typhoon Hagibis approaching Japan, top.

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TOKYO—One of Japan’s worst typhoons in decades brought record-breaking rainfall to broad swaths of the country, killing more than two dozen people and causing breaches in river levees that submerged low-lying areas.

Typhoon Hagibis left 31 people dead and 15 missing, according to public broadcaster NHK.

In one mountainous town near Tokyo, as much rain fell in a few hours—nearly 40 inches—as would fall in an average four-month period. Typhoon Hagibis dropped 10 inches or more of rain in a band stretching more than 400 miles from central to northern Japan, explaining the breadth of the damage. 

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Some 30 rivers flow from mountains into the broad plain where Tokyo is located, one of the most populous urban regions on earth, and many broke through barriers meant to protect residential areas. 

Swaths of land became muddy lakes, and evacuation advisories were given to more than six million people. Authorities were forced to open some dams to prevent them bursting.

At the Kings Garden elderly care home in Kawagoe, north of Tokyo, rescuers shuttled residents to safety by small motorboats. A Kawagoe city spokesman said 124 residents and staff were brought to safety, and no injuries were reported.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the damage “enormous,” and the military was dispatched to help rescue victims. “The first priority is saving lives,” Mr. Abe said. 

a view of a beach © Yohei Kanasashi/Associated Press

The typhoon passed over the Tokyo region before moving out to sea again off the northeast coast.

The Japan Coast Guard said a Panamanian-flagged cargo ship sank in Tokyo Bay with 12 crew aboard. Four were rescued, five were confirmed dead and an additional three were missing, a Coast Guard statement said.

Local media said a 77-year-old woman who was rescued by airlift from a rooftop fell to the ground and died because she wasn’t properly hooked up.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said winds around the eye of the storm had reached 90 miles an hour.

Transport services in the typhoon-affected areas slowly returned to normal after a near shutdown on Saturday. Bullet train operations near Tokyo restarted, but television footage showed some trains in a depot in central Japan nearly submerged by flooding.

Authorities canceled three matches in the rugby World Cup because of the typhoon.

Write to Alastair Gale at alastair.gale@wsj.com and Peter Landers at peter.landers@wsj.com

Japan braces for 2 more storms after deadly typhoon .
Japan is bracing for two more storms heading its way a week after a typhoon devastated the country's central and northern regions. © Provided by The Associated Press A volunteer continues to clean up mud from last week's Typhoon Hagibis, in Nagano, central Japan, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Japan is bracing for two more storms heading its way a week after a typhoon devastated the country’s (Keisuke Koito/Kyodo News via AP) The Meteorological Agency said Monday that a tropical storm was off the southern coast of Japan's southwestern main island of Shikoku.

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