Typhoon Hagibis
LATEST UPDATE: October 15, 2019 - 8:13pm
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JAPAN
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October 15, 2019

Rescuers in Japan were working around the clock Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a powerful weekend typhoon that killed more than 70 people and caused widespread destruction.

Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday, unleashing fierce winds and unprecedented rain that triggered landslides and caused dozens of rivers to burst their banks.

By Tuesday night, public broadcaster NHK put the toll at 72, with around a dozen people missing. The government's tally was lower, but it said it was still updating information.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said there was no plan to slow rescue operations, with around 110,000 police, coast guard, firefighters and military troops involved. -- Agence France-Presse

October 15, 2019

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says there was no plan to slow rescue operations, with around 110,000 police, coast guard, firefighters and military troops involved.

"Currently in damaged areas rescue work and searches for the missing are continuing around the clock," Abe tells parliament.

"Where rivers flooded, work is ongoing to fix spots where banks broke, and water is being pumped out where floods occurred," he adds.

The prime minister's office says more than 3,000 people have been rescued in the wake of the disaster, which affected 36 of the country's 47 prefectures.  — AFP

October 15, 2019

Nearly 70 people have been killed in Japan by Typhoon Hagibis, national broadcaster NHK says, as the search for survivors continued for a third day.

The broadcaster said 15 people were still missing after the deadly storm, which slammed into Tokyo and surrounding areas Saturday night as one of the most powerful typhoons to hit the area in decades. — AFP

October 14, 2019

At least 56 people have been killed in Japan by Typhoon Hagibis, national broadcaster NHK says Monday, as rescuers work into the night searching for survivors.

The broadcaster says 15 people were still missing after the deadly storm, which slammed into Tokyo and surrounding areas Saturday night as one of the most powerful typhoons to hit the area in decades. -- Agence France-Presse

October 14, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte expresses his deep sympathy to the people and government of Japan for those who perished, were injured or found themselves homeless in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, the stongest typhoon to hit Japan in decades.

"The Philippine embassy in Tokyo is closely monitoring the situation and is now in coordination with the members of the Filipino community in typhoon-affected areas in Japan," the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson says in a Facebook post.

October 13, 2019

At least 11 people have been killed in Japan as a result of powerful Typhoon Hagibis that roared across the country bringing unprecedented rains, officials said on Sunday.

Some died in landslides and others were swept away by floodwater in their cars as rivers broke their banks after torrential rain. -- Agence France-Presse

October 12, 2019

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on Saturday claims its first victim even before making landfall, as Japanese weather authorities issued a top-level emergency rain warning and millions were issued non-compulsory evacuation orders.

Rated "large and very strong", the storm has forced the cancellation of two Rugby World Cup matches, disrupted the Japanese Grand Prix and grounded all departing flights in the Tokyo region.

It is forecast to crash into land in central or eastern Japan early Saturday evening, packing maximum gusts of 216 kilometres per hour (134 miles per hour), Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) says. -- Agence France-Presse

October 12, 2019

AirAsia passengers whose flights to and from Japan have been canceled due to Typhoon Hagibis can have their flighrs changed to a new travel date within 30 calendar days of their scheduled flight, the airline says in an announcement.

They may also opt to credit the flight towards future travel with the airline within 90 days of the canceled flight, although the actual flight dates can be after the expiry of the 90-day period. They may also opt for a full refund.

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis churned towards Japan on Saturday, heading straight towards the capital with potentially record-breaking rains and sparking evacuation orders, transport disruption and power outages even before making landfall. — Agence France-Presse
 

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