Japan typhoon death toll climbs to 74, rescuers search for missing people - GulfToday

Japan typhoon death toll climbs to 74, rescuers search for missing people

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Destroyed houses are seen, in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, in Koriyama, Japan. Reuters

According to public broadcaster NHK the death toll from Typhoon Hagibis has risen to 74 in Japan, as thousands remain without power or water.

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Rescue workers in Japan searched for the missing on Wednesday, many drowned by flooding after scores of rivers burst their banks. Evening temperatures hover around 15 degrees Celsius (59 Fahrenheit)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government would spend 710 million yen ($6.5 million) to facilitate disaster relief.

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Residential area is seen in muddy waters in Nagano, central Japan. AP

The storm made landfall on Saturday evening local time on the Izu Peninsula, southwest of Tokyo. Public broadcaster NHK said 12 were missing and more than 220 injured after Typhoon Hagibis lashed through the Japanese archipelago at the weekend. Throughout the eastern half of the main island of Honshu, 52 rivers had flooded over.

Residents in Fukushima prefecture, which has seen the highest number of casualties, were busy dumping water-damaged furniture and rubbish onto the streets. Many elderly remained in evacuation centres, unable to clean up their homes.

In Date city, not far from the site of the nuclear disaster in 2011, farmer Masao Hirayama piled damp books in the street in front of his house, adding to a mound of rubbish from the neighbourhood.

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A vehicle falls off collapsed road in the typhoon-hit Kakuda city, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan. AP

He said the water had reached about 2 metres (6.6 feet) deep in his house, when he and his son were rescued by boat and taken to an evacuation centre. His wife and grandchildren had stayed with relatives through the storm.

“I feel down,” Hirayama, 70, said, adding that the flood had swept away all his green houses and farming equipment. “All that is left is the land.”

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Vehicles are seen in mud water as Typhoon Hagibis hit the city in Sano, Tochigi prefecture. AP

Hirayama said he had rebuilt his house in 1989, raising the ground level following a flood in 1986. His family plan to live on the second floor until he can make repairs, which he reckons could take three months.