Typhoon Designated As 'extraordinary Disaster'

Typhoon designated as 'extraordinary disaster'

As people in Japan continue to recover from Typhoon Hagibis, the government has designated it an extraordinary disaster, enabling victims to receive special support.

It will be the sixth disaster to be given such a designation since the system was established in 1995 after the Great Hanshin earthquake.

Rescue officials continue to search for 9 people who are still missing with the death toll now at 78.

Meanwhile, cities in some of the affected areas are bracing for more wet weather.

In Nagano, a temporary dike has been erected where the riverbanks were washed away.

Farther north in Miyagi prefecture, sandbagging is underway to reinforce a levee damaged in the typhoon. Pump trucks are also being deployed to drain floodwater.

More than 4,000 people are still staying in evacuation centers across the country. Some of the shelters are taking steps to keep evacuees warm as the fall temperatures drop.

Weather officials are urging people in disaster-hit areas to stay on alert, saying even a small amount of rain could trigger more flooding and landslides.