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Japan: Typhoon Hagibis death toll rises to 48

Christian Fernsby |
Rescue crews in Japan looked for those missing from a typhoon that left as many as 48 people dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan.


Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds on Saturday that left thousands of homes on Japan's main island flooded, damaged or without power.

The riverside town of Hoyasu in hard-hit Nagano prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, was covered with mud, its apple orchards completely flooded and homes still without electricity.

Japan's Kyodo News agency reported that 48 people had died from the typhoon, 17 were missing and some 100 were injured.

Experts said it would take time to accurately assess the extent of damage, and the casualty count has been growing daily.

Hagibis dropped record amounts of rain for a period in some spots, according to meteorological officials, causing more than 20 rivers to overflow. In Kanagawa prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, 100 centimetres of rain was recorded over 48 hours.

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