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2 dead, 3 missing as Typhoon Hagibis batters Japan

Takehiko Kambayashi, DPA on

Published in Weather News

TOKYO -- Powerful Typhoon Hagibis pounded wide areas of Japan, including Tokyo, on Saturday, leaving at least two people dead, three others missing and about 70 people injured, local media reported.

One person was found dead in an overturned vehicle in the city of Ichihara, east of Tokyo, and eight others were injured when a tornado touched down in the area early Saturday, destroying 12 houses and causing damage to 89 others, the Kyodo News agency reported, citing local officials.

One person died and two people were unaccounted for in the city of Tomioka, about 75 miles northwest of Tokyo, after a landslide hit four houses there, broadcaster NHK reported. Six residents were rescued, the report said.

In the central city of Gotemba, one person was missing after he was swept away in a drain, Kyodo said.

More than 1.6 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes in eastern and central Japan, including 910,000 in the city of Kawasaki, NHK reported, as the storm brought heavy rains and powerful winds, inundating residential areas in the regions.

Meteorologists issued an emergency rain warning to a total of 12 prefectures, including Tokyo and Shizuoka, as they warned of mudslides, flooding and swollen rivers.

 

At a news conference, Yasushi Kajihara, who heads the forecast division at the Meteorological Agency, warned of "rainfall of the kind that you have never experienced before" in those prefectures.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike urged residents to "protect your life" as an "unprecedented typhoon" was coming to the capital, she told a news conference.

Since Thursday, Hakone Town, west of Tokyo, had received more than 35 inches of rain and the city of Izu more than 27 inches, Kyodo reported.

About 278,000 households lost electricity in the Kanto region and Shizuoka prefecture, according to Tokyo Electric Power.

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