Typhoon In Japan Has Claimed The Lives of 79 People

On October 12, 2019, Typhoon Hagibis caused flooded rivers, huge landslides, destroyed businesses, and more than 39,000 homes were left inundated and 2,000 homes were partially or completely destroyed. 79 people were confirmed dead and 9 others still missing in Fukushima. As rescue and relief efforts have continued, the land ministry has confirmed at least 25,000 hectares of land on the country’s mainland of Honshu has been flooded by the typhoon.

“The Government will do everything it can to help all people affected by the disaster live their lives without worry again,” Abe told the reporters of Miyagi.

Fukushima was the worst hit with Abukuma River’s levees which had burst at 14 different places. Within an hour the water had rapidly risen to chest level said the residents, which made getting to higher ground difficult. Of the 79 victims, nearly 50 had died by the flooding and a dozen due to landslides. 66 victims ages were known, 49 were over 60 years old. “I heard there was a flood once before the war, but we just weren’t expecting the water to come over the leevee despite all the warnings.” Said 68-year-old Yoshinagi Higuchi, whose home was flooded by the overflown river.

The deadly typhoon had hit farmers across Japan, giving damage to agricultural products which is estimated to be 24.92 billion yen which is 230 million dollars, according to the farm ministry. The ministry said that this figure is expected to increase.

This will be the sixth recorded disaster in Japan to be designated another deadly and extraordinary disaster following the 1995 earthquake that hit Kobe and its surrounding region and the horrifying  2011 tsunami and earthquake northeastern region of Tohoku.

On Wednesday afternoon, many elderly had remained in local evacuation centers – municipal buildings such as sports halls and schools – unable to clean their homes. Chiko and her family are devastated as their house was located close to the foot of one of the river’s levees.  “I think it’ll take a month to sort out,” she said. “The bottom floor is completely ruined. Everything is gone.”

12,000 homes are still without electricity or have no running water. It is still unclear how long it will take for utilities to restore this.

Weather officials said that some places that flooded had received 40% of their annual rainfall in just 2 days. So there is a fear that under the effects of global warming a similar sized storm will yet again appear in the future. “It could be climate change,” said Moe. “This is the first time it’s been very bad but after a year or some time we could get hit by another big typhoon because of warming.

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