Fierce storm hits northern Japan after paralysing Tokyo – The Globe and Mail

Fierce storm hits northern Japan after paralysing Tokyo – The Globe and Mail

A building is submerged in floodwaters triggered by Hurricane Hagibis in Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, Oct. 13, 2019.


Japan sent tens of hundreds of troops and rescue workers on Sunday to place stranded residents and fight floods triggered by one among the worst typhoons to hit the nation in latest historical past.

Now not lower than 30 other folks were killed within the storm that left huge sections of towns under water, public broadcaster NHK said. One other 15 were lacking and 177 injured by Hurricane Hagibis, which horrified Tokyo on Saturday and dumped document levels of rain round Japan. About a hundred,000 homes were left with out energy.

Rescue efforts were hindered after extra than 20 rivers in central and northeastern Japan burst their banks and dozens extra overflowed despite the indisputable truth that their banks were restful in tact, NHK said, adding that flooding rivers would possibly reason extra wound.

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Evacuation centres filled with residents, whereas some other folks perished as they sought shelter, NHK said, adding a seventy seven-300 and sixty five days-pale lady fell about Forty metres to her loss of life at some level of an airlift.

A few of the worst wound hit the central Japanese city of Nagano, the set the Chikuma River inundated swaths of land and compelled defense power helicopters to airlift other folks from homes.

Kiyokazu Shimokawa, seventy one, speaking at an evacuation centre, said he had waited all night with his major other and mom unless they were in some scheme rescued round three p.m. (0600 GMT) on Sunday.

“I made the mistake of figuring that as prolonged as we were on the 2nd floor of the apartment, we’d be magnificent,” he advised Reuters. “After we realized that maybe we must at all times restful evacuate, it became as soon as too slack – the water rose in a short time.”

Rie Hasegawa, a woman in her 30s, said she by no manner imagined her landlocked city would be inundated. “The capacity of the water became as soon as amazing. It became as soon as darkish, uninteresting, and I belief this would possibly be the discontinuance,” she said.

Hurricane Hagibis, which manner “tempo” within the Philippine language Tagalog, made landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu on Saturday night and headed out to sea early on Sunday.


The storm sank a Panama-registered cargo ship that had anchored near Tokyo. The sunken ship became as soon as located early on Sunday. A newspaper reported that at the least 5 of the 12 crew were pointless and three were lacking.

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Top Minister Shinzo Abe held an emergency ministerial assembly and sent the minister guilty of disaster management to affected areas. The government also space up a role power to take care of the wound.

“The government will elevate out all the pieces in its energy to co-procedure with relevant agencies and operators working to revive providers and products as soon as doubtless,” the prime minister said.

NHK said overflowing rivers would possibly inflict extra wound as waters had reached dangerously high levels.

With hundreds of homes with out energy, Japanese feared a repeat of the weeks-prolonged energy outages after final month’s storm that hit east of Tokyo.

In Fukushima, north of the capital, Tokyo Electrical Energy Co reported irregular readings from sensors monitoring water in its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in a single day. The plant became as soon as crippled by a 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Touchdown restrictions at Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports were lifted nevertheless extra than 800 flights were cancelled for the day, NHK said. Some Shinkansen bullet educate providers and products to the worst-hit areas were also disrupted.

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The Rugby World Cup match between Namibia and Canada scheduled for Sunday in Kamaishi, northeastern Japan, became as soon as cancelled, nevertheless the Japan-Scotland match in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, went forward. Japan won their conflict.

Canada’s gamers volunteered to succor stunning up Kamaishi.

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November 9, 2019

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