Death Toll Rising In Typhoon Hagibis Aftermath


Death toll rising in Typhoon Hagibis aftermath

Emergency crews in Japan are searching for over a dozen people who are still missing after Typhoon Hagibis ravaged the nation over the weekend. Officials say the death toll stands at 58.

The storm caused about 200 rivers to overflow, including the Chikuma River in Nagano Prefecture, located north of Tokyo.

Levees burst on about 50 rivers, causing widespread flooding across the country. NHK has also learned that more than 10,000 houses were damaged.

Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan suffered the highest number of casualties. At least 18 people died there.

Among them was a young boy and his mother who were found four kilometers apart. Another son is still missing.

Officials say many areas received up to 40 percent of their annual rainfall over a span of two days.

The heavy rain also caused about 140 landslides across the country. In Gunma Prefecture, four people were killed when their homes washed away.

The full extent of the damage is still being assessed.

Some industries have been hit hard, including apple farming in Nagano.

A train operator says 10 trains and their 120 carriages were damaged when water levels rose by an estimated four meters.

Authorities are urging people to remain cautious near swollen rivers and to be on alert for more landslides.