Death toll rises to 35 as typhoon Hagibis lashes Japan

Last Updated: Oct 14 2019 19:36
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TOKYO- At least 35 people have lost their lives and 17 others are missing as typhoon Hagibis ripped through Japan including Tokyo's metropolitan area, causing multiple rivers to overflow and power blackouts in 376,000 houses.

According to information provided by rescuers and authorities, more than 100 people were injured across the country after typhoon Hagibis, meaning `swift` in the Philippine language Tagalog, made landfall on Japan`s main island of Honshu before 7 pm (local time) on Saturday. Apart from the 376,000 homes that experienced no electricity, 14,000 had no running water after the typhoon Hagibis hit, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga at a press conference on Sunday.

According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, at least 48 landslides and mudflows have been reported in 12 prefectures, and embankments of 21 rivers collapsed. As an emergency measure, some dams released water to avoid bursting.

The government has dispatched some 27,000 Self-Defense Force personnel for rescue and relief operations across the country.