Japan typhoon death toll rises to 66 as hopes for missing fade
Japan typhoon death toll rises to 66 as hopes for missing fadeKORIYAMA, Japan (Reuters) - The death toll in the worst typhoon to hit Japan for decades climbed to 66 on Tuesday as rescuers slogged through mud and debris in an increasingly grim search for the missing, and as thousands of homes remained without power or water.
An elderly woman was one of the more than 30 who have died in Japan from the devastating Typhoon Hagibis, officials said.
According to local reports, the woman in her 70s died after she fell more than 131 feet while she was being placed in a rescue helicopter.
The Tokyo Fire Department said the woman had not been strapped in properly while being airlifted in Iwaki City in Fukushima prefecture, a northern area devastated by the typhoon, Sky News reported.
Typhoon Hagibis Slams Japan, Kills Dozens
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.
The death toll from a ferocious typhoon in Japan climbed to as high as 33, as one elderly woman fell to her death as she was being placed inside a rescue helicopter, according to reports.
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.
Department officials held a news conference to apologize, bowing deeply and long, according to Japanese custom, and acknowledged the woman had not been strapped in properly.
Officials said at least 33 people have died in the ferocious typhoon and more than 19 reported missing.
"The major typhoon has caused immense damage far and wide in eastern Japan," government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said, as Sky News reported.
After Typhoon Hagibis, Dramatic Rescues of Residents Trapped by Floods
KAWAGOE, JAPAN — One by one, the boats arrived, having crossed a lake that did not exist the day before. KAWAGOE, JAPAN — One by one, the boats arrived, having crossed a lake that did not exist the day before. They carried precious cargo: old-age patients rescued from a flooded nursing home in an exurb of Tokyo.
The government’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency, which tends to be conservative in its counts, said late Sunday that 14 people died, 11 were missing and 187 were injured as a result of the typhoon. It said 1,283 homes were flooded and 517 were damaged, partially or totally.
Typhoon Hagibis made landfall south of Tokyo, Japan, on Oct. 12, leaving a trail of destruction as it moved north and killing at least 23 people. A total of 27,000 military personnel were deployed for relief operations. The storm weakened and moved away from land the following day.
(Pictured) Local residents sit in a boat as they are rescued from a flooded residential area following Typhoon Hagibis on Oct. 13, in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture.
A car is seen partially submerged in a flooded area of Nagano Prefecture, on Oct. 14.
Japan sends in thousands of troops after massive typhoon hammers Tokyo
Japan sends in thousands of troops after massive typhoon hammers TokyoA powerful Typhoon Hagibis is approaching Japan and grew from a tropical storm to a category 5 storm in less than a day. It will bring 2 feet of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area this weekend, and Japan's government warned people to stockpile supplies and evacuate before it's too dangerous. The storm's center passed over an uninhabited island in the Marianas, but strong winds could continue to threaten islands in the region even as the storm moves away. Forecasts show the storm gradually weakening throughout the week as it moves north toward Japan.
Rescue helicopters fly over a flooded area, in Nagano Prefecture, on Oct. 14.
Typhoon Hagibis Slams Into Japan After Landslides, Floods and a Quake
Typhoon Hagibis, Japan’s largest storm in decades, lashed the country’s northeast early Sunday morning, just hours after hitting the Tokyo region with heavy rain and high winds that forced many residents to move to evacuation centers. Record rains flooded rivers, pushed dams to their limits and caused several landslides. An earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude also shook Chiba, east of Tokyo, early Saturday evening.One death was reported in a cyclone in Chiba, and NHK, the public broadcaster, reported that another person died after a landslide crushed his home in Tomioka City in Gunma Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo.
Formula One fan Kazuki Yoshida, 31, from Chiba Prefecture, who evacuated from Typhoon Hagibis, rests at a makeshift accommodation for spectators of the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, on Oct. 12.
On Oct. 9, satellite photo taken by NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite shows typhoon "Hagibis" approaching Japan.
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Among the reported deaths were those whose homes were buried in landslides. Other fatalities included people who got swept away by raging rivers.
The authorities had repeatedly warned that Hagibis was on par with a typhoon that wreaked havoc on the Tokyo region in 1958, but the safety infrastructure that Japan’s modernization has brought was apparent. The typhoon six decades ago left more than 1,200 people dead and half a million houses flooded.
The typhoon made landfall south of Tokyo on Saturday evening and battered central and northern Japan with torrents of rain and powerful gusts of wind. The typhoon was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday.
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The Rugby World Cup match between Namibia and Canada, scheduled for Sunday in Kamaishi, in northern Japan, was canceled as a precautionary measure, but Japan played Scotland, to a win, as scheduled Sunday evening.
Fox News' Travis Fedschun and the Associated Press contributed to this report.