Death toll rises to 35 in Japan, due to Typhoon Hagibis. The typhoon may have been the most powerful to hit Japan since 1958, triggering flooding and mudslides.
Before the typhoon hit, more than six million people were advised to evacuate from central and eastern parts of the country. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressed the nation on Sunday urging his compatriots to remain calm. At that time, 14,000 people across Japan didn’t have access to running water whilst 376,000 homes were without electricity.Even the Japanese capital was locked down on Saturday, with usually busy streets abandoned amid torrential rain. An elderly woman in her 70s had not been strapped in properly while being airlifted in Iwaki City in Fukushima prefecture and died after she fell more than 131 feet to the ground. Department officials held a news conference to apologize.
"The major typhoon has caused immense damage far and wide in eastern Japan," government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said. More than 1,280 homes were flooded and 517 were damaged, partially or totally. Some were buried in landslides. Around 27,000 Self-Defense Forces personnel are taking on rescue operations.