Nagano Prefecture in central Japan is facing a lengthy clean-up process as officials continue to assess the extent of the damage after the nearby river burst its banks. But the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis hasn't damaged the resolve of residents going forward. NHK World's Haruka Nouchi is in the area and has more.
Haruka Nouchi: I'm at the bank of the Chikuma River. You can see the riverbed on the right side and how the levee was completely destroyed by the huge flood.There are many heavy machines putting blocks along the banks.
Authorities have now ordered more than 600,000 people in 10 prefectures in eastern, central, and northeastern Japan to evacuate their homes immediately as Typhoon Hagibis lashes Japan.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the directives apply to about 619,000 residents in Fukushima, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Nagano, Shizuoka, and Mie prefectures.
Authorities have now ordered hundreds of thousand people in eight prefectures in eastern and central Japan to evacuate their homes immediately as Typhoon Hagibis lashes Japan.
As of 2 p.m. Saturday, the directives apply to more than 262,000 residents in Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, and Mie prefectures.
A large and violent typhoon is approaching mainland Japan, and volunteers are calling on residents in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, to make an early evacuation. The area was hit hard by a powerful typhoon a month ago.
Typhoon Faxai damaged more than 34,000 homes in Chiba Prefecture and many residents are still forced to live in unrepaired houses even one month after the disaster.
The Meteorological Agency says people in areas hit by severe rainfall in southwestern Japan should do everything they can to protect their lives.
The agency issued its highest-level emergency warning for extremely heavy rain in some cities and towns in Saga, Fukuoka and Nagasaki prefectures in the Kyushu region on Wednesday morning.
Former Japanese residents of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan have arrived in the territory to visit the graves of their ancestors.
A group of 67 people, including government officials, left Nakashibetsu Airport in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido for the islands by chartered Russian plane before 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Weather officials have lifted all highest-level emergency rain warnings for Nagasaki Prefecture. But they are calling on residents to stay on high alert for landslides and other disasters amid torrential rains.
On Saturday morning, the Meteorological Agency issued evacuation orders or advisories for nearly 100,000 residents across all affected areas.