Search and Rescue Efforts Continue after Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan

Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan over the weekend causing mass destruction and a confirmed 74 casualties.

What We Know:

  • The storm, reportedly the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in several years, made landfall on the Izu Peninsula on Saturday night.
  • Japanese news outlet, NHK, reported that over 13,000 houses were submerged by the storm. Officials told the outlet that many places received up to 40 percent of their annual rainfall in just two days.
  • The storm reportedly caused 140 landslides throughout the country and left tens of thousands of homes without power and running water.
  • Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, “Steps will also be taken to provide food, water, cots and other relief supplies, to improve conditions at evacuation shelters, and to help rehouse the displaced.” A special relief budget has been established to help fund the country’s recovery.
  • The search continues for missing citizens. According to NHK, there is a large team of people aiding rescue efforts. Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary stated more than 110,000 people are involved including 13,000 police and 66,000 fire department staff and 31,000 self-defense staff.

We will continue to follow this story and provide updates.