Typhoon Hagibis lashes Japan

 Typhoon Hagibis lashes Japan

Kyodo/via Reuters

At least 19 people have died, and around 100 people injured as of Sunday morning as Typhoon Hagibis ripped through Japan, including the Tokyo metropolitan area, leaving more than 250,000 households in Tokyo and nearby regions without power.

Meanwhile, dozens of people were missing across the country, according to a Kyodo News tally based on information provided by rescuers and other authorities. According to an NHK tally, the number of the missing was 17.

With many rivers overflowing into residential areas across a wide area of the country, rescue operations were under way in central, eastern and northeastern regions that were hit by floods and landslides.

As of 8:00 a.m. local time on Sunday (2300 GMT Saturday), more than 250,000 households in the Tokyo metropolitan area and nearby regions were without electricity. Among them, some 109,100 households were out of power in Chiba Prefecture, which was hit hard by Typhoon Faxai in early September.

Strong winds associated with the typhoon may sever power lines, and trees and signboards may come into contact with those hanging cables, Tokyo Electric Power Company said. The company called on people not to approach or touch such cables because they may be electrocuted.

Tokyo's Haneda airport and most Shinkansen bullet train services resumed operations from Sunday morning following large-scale suspensions Saturday. Many flights to and from Haneda airport for Sunday have already been canceled, while operations of Tokyo's subways were initially suspended in the early morning hours for safety checks.

Over six million people across Japan's main island of Honshu have been advised to evacuate. By early Sunday, the authorities have lifted evacuation advisories in Tokyo and most of central and eastern Japan.

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