Eleven dead or missing in Japan just after typhoon drenches Tokyo


In the finish, the storm had passed Tokyo about midnight, leaving behind branches, broken umbrellas and other debris on the streets, floodwaters in components of the capital and substantially harm nevertheless getting assessed.

The worst appeared to have been avoided, but the storm was nevertheless moving north and east, bringing additional rain and flooding to the prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate.

A sign is partially submerged as the Tama River floods.

A sign is partially submerged as the Tama River floods.Credit:Getty Photos

The city government and 5 other prefectures asked the country’s Ground Self-Defence Force to aid with the evacuation, rescue and recovery work on Saturday evening.

In the midst of the storm, a magnitude five.three earthquake struck off the coast southeast of Tokyo, shaking buildings in the capital. There have been no instant reports of harm or casualties.

Nerves have been set on edge in the capital on Saturday afternoon as residents’ mobile phones issued siren-style alerts warning of steadily increasing dangers of flooding and mudslides.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency had warned the earlier day that Hagibis, which indicates “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, could bring as serious rainfall as a 1958 typhoon that killed additional than 1200 folks in Tokyo and elsewhere in the nation.

Typhoon Hagibis, as seen from space on October 11 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

Typhoon Hagibis, as observed from space on October 11 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.Credit:NASA

The storm weakened as it approached Japan but winds reached 90 mph (144 km/h) at its centre about eight.45 pm, with gusts up more than 120 mph (193 km/h), creating it the equivalent of a Level 1 hurricane on the US Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. But rather than the wind, it was the rains that drenched Japan’s principal island of Honshu all day that triggered most concern.

The Meteorological Agency moved to a Level five warning for heavy rainfall on Saturday afternoon for massive components of central and eastern Japan, speaking of “unprecedented rainfall” in several cities, towns and villages, predicting that disasters such as landslides and floods had in all probability currently occurred and warning folks to “take measures to guard lives”.

Persons who had left it also late to move to shelters have been advised to relocate to a greater floor or discover a nearby sturdy developing, as the agency predicted rainfall “with a level of intensity observed only after just about every couple of decades”.


Rainfall amounts soared to more than two feet (.six metres) in some areas in just 24 hours, causing flash flooding and river flooding that could final for days, along with achievable landslides.

In Hakone, in Kanagawa Prefecture, 37.1 inches (94.two centimetres) of rain fell in 24 hours on October 12, setting a record for that place, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. In addition, 27 inches fell in heavily forested Shizuoka Prefecture southwest of Tokyo. And in greater elevations just west of downtown Tokyo, 23.six inches (59.9 centimetres)) of rain fell, which was also a record for that place.

Downtown Tokyo received about eight inches (20.three centimetres) of rain for the day, which is an unusually higher quantity for that place. In addition, higher waves and storm surge flooding impacted the coastline along and to the southeast of the storm centre. The storm itself will be gone by Sunday, as it transitions into a potent extratropical storm destined to have an effect on the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

Regional media reports, which includes from the Mainichi newspaper and public broadcaster NHK, stated two folks had died, nine have been missing and about 80 have been injured.

A man covers over a doorway ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis.

A man covers more than a doorway ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis.Credit:Getty Photos

The casualties incorporated a man in his 50s who was killed when his auto overturned in higher winds in the Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo on Saturday morning and an additional who died just after a landslide swept by means of six homes in the city of Tomioka. Two other folks have been reported missing in the very same landslide, when an additional two have been missing just after a landslide in Fukushima.

3 folks went missing just after their auto fell into a river, when an additional two disappeared just after falling into a river and an irrigation channel, respectively.

Authorities say they have been forced to start releasing water from the Shiroyama Dam west of Tokyo at 9.30 pm, adding to fears of downstream flooding along the Sagami River operating by means of Kanagawa prefecture to the south. Meanwhile the Tama River that separates Tokyo and Kanagawa burst its banks, flooding residential locations in the southern aspect of the capital.

Public transport was severely disrupted on Saturday afternoon in and about the capital, with all flights to and from Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports cancelled and several subway solutions and most trains in the Tokyo metropolitan location suspended. An additional 800 flights have been also cancelled Sunday, which includes several from Tokyo.

Shinkansen bullet trains stopped operating involving Tokyo and the city of Nagoya and solutions have been disrupted all the way to Osaka and Okayama in eastern Japan. Train operators stated they would inspect tracks and assess any harm on Sunday morning ahead of resuming service.

Shinjuku Station, usually one of the world's busiest railway stations, lies empty as all train services are suspended.

Shinjuku Station, ordinarily 1 of the world’s busiest railway stations, lies empty as all train solutions are suspended.Credit:Getty Photos

Shops in and about Tokyo remained closed on Saturday or shut their doors about noon so employees could get household to beat the approaching storm. Residents had emptied the shelves of some supermarkets the earlier day as folks hunkered down.

Peter Hood, a tourist from Manistique, Michigan, going to Japan with his wife, is staying in a hotel in the ordinarily packed and bustling Akasaka district in central Tokyo. Except for two comfort retailers and a tiny pizza restaurant, all the things was closed by late Saturday afternoon, he stated.

“The hotel lounge is complete of folks reading, playing cards and congregating with mates,” he stated. “The rooms right here, like in most Japanese hotels, are very tiny and do not accommodate additional than 1 or two folks so there is no spot to mingle.”

Hood stated there have been several rugby fans, who have been especially disappointed just after two games have been cancelled on Saturday and a crucial match – involving Japan and Scotland – may perhaps also be known as off Sunday. “All these folks would like to be out and about but with nowhere they can go,” he stated.

NHK stated the government had ordered 619,000 folks in 10 prefectures in eastern and central Japan to evacuate their properties, when practically eight million had at 1 point been issued significantly less strict evacuation “advisories”. In the finish, most folks elected to keep household and permit the storm to pass rather than make their way to shelters.

Additional than 430,000 households have been reported to have lost energy, with the prefecture of Kanagawa to the south and west of Tokyo worst impacted.

Also badly hit has been Chiba, which lies to the south and east of Tokyo, a area nevertheless struggling to get back on its feet just after an additional typhoon struck it in September, causing substantial harm and enormous blackouts.

The Disneyland and DisneySea theme parks in Tokyo have been also closed on Saturday.

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