As of 15.10.19, the number of fatalities has increased to 66 after the passage of Tropical Cyclone Hagibis in eastern Japan.
Hundreds of people sustained injuries, and according to initial estimates from national authorities, more than 10,700 houses have been damaged, nearly 35,000 households remain without electricity, and 130,000 have no running water.
Typhoon Hagibis made landfall in Japan on 12.10.19 bringing heavy rainfall causing rivers to overflow. Widespread flooding and landslides were observed in many parts of central Japan.
In two days, the typhoon brought 30-40% of the annual rainfall amount and maximum category of warning (Cat. 5: “Do whatever it takes to save your lives”) have been issued to 13 prefectures. An evacuation warning was given to more than 7 million people.
Typhoon Hagibis has devastated already disaster-hit areas including Typhoon Faxai last month, and recovering areas from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.