Typhoon Hagibis hits Japan and Kills 18 People, 27,000 Disaster Management Personnel Deployed

  • Typhoon Hagibis, the worst typhoons to have hit Japan since 1958, has reportedly killed 18 people, stranded residents, caused unprecedented floods, and briefly paralyzed Tokyo. The devastating typhoon has covered the central and eastern parts of Japan with vast swaths of low-lying land. It also led to a power cut, leaving around half a million homes without electricity. In the worst-hit areas, Shinkansen bullet train services were adversely affected. Over 800 flights have been canceled today even as the flight landing restrictions were lifted in the Narita and Haneda airports in Tokyo. The rain warnings for the Kanto region have been lifted by the authorities. The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called an emergency meeting with the relevant ministers and also asked the concerned minister of disaster management to visit the worst affected areas. The government said that around 27,000 disaster management personnel (belonging to self-defense forces of Japan, coast guards, firefighters, and police) have already being sent to the worst affected areas of Nagano prefecture in central Japan for rescuing stranded people. Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said that the popular resort town of Hakone received most rainfall (939.5 mm or 37 inches in over 24 hours span).