Typhoon Hagibis: Death Toll Hits 74


Typhoon Hagibis: death toll hits 74

Authorities in Japan are still trying to get a handle on the extent of the damage after Typhoon Hagibis tore through the country. At least 74 people have been confirmed dead.

Emergency crews have been racing to locate people who remain missing.

The typhoon brought powerful winds and heavy rain, bursting 73 levees on rivers across the nation.

NHK has learned over 13,000 houses were submerged and more than 1,100 were at least partly destroyed.

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 regions. More than dozens of people died, including a young boy and his mother. They were believed to be in their car when the storm hit but were found four kilometers apart. Another son is still missing.

The heavy rain caused more than 100 landslides throughout the country. Three people in Gunma prefecture were killed when their homes were destroyed.

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

About 12,000 homes are still without electricity or have no running water. It's unclear how long it will take for utilities to fully restore service.

Transportation disruptions continue. About 120 train cars were damaged when a Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train depot was flooded. JR East says it will take one or two weeks to fully resume operations, and service between Tokyo and Kanazawa will likely run at 50 or 60 percent of 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 also be taken to provide food, water, cardboard beds and other relief supplies, to improve conditions at evacuation shelters, and to help rehouse the displaced."