Typhoon hagibis across central Japan suffers deadly floods and landslides from a storm At least nine people are reported dead as Japan recovers from its biggest storm in decades.
It’s triggered floods and landslides as it wrecked the nation with hurricane speeds of 225km/h (140mph). Rivers have breached their banks in at least 14 different places, inundating residential neighbourhoods.
The storm commenced to some Rugby World Cup matches being dropped but a fundamental fixture between Japan and Scotland will go forward on Sunday. Hagibis is going north and is presumed to move back into the North Pacific later on Sunday.
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It made landfall on Saturday shortly before 19:00 local time (10:00 GMT), in the Izu Peninsula, south-west of Tokyo and moved up the east coast. Approximately half a million residences were left without potential.
In the city of Hakone close to Fujinoyama, more than 1m (3ft) of rain fell on Friday and Saturday, the highest total ever recorded in Japan over 48 hours.
Further north in the urban centre prefecture, levees along the Chikuma river gave way sending water rushing through residential areas, inundating houses. Flood defences around Tokyo have command and watercourse levels are currently falling, reports the BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Japan.
Officials aforesaid a number of those killed were anxious by landslides whereas others were at bay in their cars as floodwaters rose. Another 15 people are listed as wanting and dozens are reported injured.
What preparations were made?
More than seven million individuals were urged to depart their homes because the immense storm approached, but it is thought only 50,000 stayed in shelters. Many residents equipped up on courant provisions before the typhoon’s arrival, leaving supermarkets with empty shelves.
Particular notable rain has been viewed in cities, towns and villages for which the danger alert was issued,” Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) forecaster Yasushi Kajiwara stated a press briefing.
Many passenger train services were halted, and several lines on the Tokyo metro were suspended for most of Saturday. All flights to and from Tokyo’s Haneda airport and Narita airport in Chiba have been cancelled – more than 1,000 in total.
Two Rugby World Cup matches programmed for Saturday were cancelled on protection grounds and held as draws (England-France and New Zealand-Italy). The abandonment was the first in the tournament’s 32-year history.
Sunday’s Namibia-Canada competition due to take area in Kamaishi was also cancelled and announced a draw. The US-Tonga Contest in Osaka and Wales-Uruguay in Kumamoto will go forward as scheduled on Sunday, organisers announced. Until a crisis game between Scotland and match hosts Japan on Sunday will now go forward. The arrangement followed a security inspection.
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‘A blanket and a biscuit’
Resident James Babb chatted to the BBC from an abandonment centre in Hachioji, western Tokyo. He told the river near his house was on the rim of overflowing. “I am with my sister-in-law, who is disabled, “Our house may flood. They should be given us a blanket and a biscuit.”
Andrew Higgins, an English professor who lives in Tochigi, north of Tokyo, said the BBC he became “lived into a few typhoons” through seven years in Japan. “I seem to like this time Japan, generally has become this typhoon a lot more dangerously,” he said. “People were out planning last night. A lot of people were stocking up.”
Only current month Typhoon Faxai wreaked destruction on parts of Japan, damaging 30,000 houses most of which should not yet be fixed. “I depleted because my roof was split off by the other typhoon and rain arrived in.
I’m so anxious about my house,” a 93-year-old man said NHK, from a shed in Tateyama, Chiba. Japan suffers concerning 20 typhoons a year, but Tokyo isn’t hit on this scale.