Emergency Crews Search For Missing After Typhoon


Emergency crews search for missing after typhoon

Emergency crews are still trying to locate people who went missing after Typhoon Hagibis devastated parts of Japan over the weekend. Authorities say the death toll now stands at 72.

A member of Japan's Self-Defense Forces recorded a video from a helmet-cam on Sunday, as residents from a flooded nursing home were airlifted to safety.

The SDF has been deployed to Nagano prefecture to help with search and rescue operations.

The typhoon brought powerful winds and heavy rain, breaking 66 levees on rivers across the country.

NHK has learned over 13,000 houses were submerged and 900 were damaged. Officials say many places received up to 40 percent of their annual rainfall in just two days.

Fukushima prefecture in northeastern Japan was one of the hardest hit parts of the country. At least 26 people in the prefecture died, including a young boy and his mother. They were believed to be in their car when the storm hit, but were found 4 kilometers apart. Another son is still missing.

The heavy rain caused 140 landslides throughout the country. Three people in Gunma prefecture were killed when their homes were destroyed.

A woman said," I never imagined that a disaster like this would happen. I'm worried that there could be more landslides if it rains.

Over 20,000 households are still without electricity. Tens of thousands of homes had no running water as of Tuesday morning. It's unclear how long it will take for utilities to fully restore service.

Transportation disruptions continue. A Hokuriku bullet train depot was flooded, damaging 120 cars. JR East says it will take one or two weeks to fully resume operations, with the service between Tokyo and Kanazawa likely at 50 to 60 percent capacity.

The government says it plans to designate Typhoon Hagibis as a "severe natural disaster" to free up more subsidies for reconstruction.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, " Steps will be taken to provide food, water, cardboard beds and other relief supplies, to improve conditions at evacuation shelters, and to help rehouse the displaced."