typhoons
October 14, 2019

At least 40 people were killed in Typhoon Hagibis this weekend, one of the worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent memory.

Hagibis made landfall Saturday on Honshu island and went out to sea on Sunday morning, bringing devastating rain to central and eastern Japan; meteorologists said that in several areas, about 40 percent of annual rainfall was recorded over the weekend, Japan's NHK reports. At least 16 people are missing and 189 injured, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said more than 110,000 people are participating in search and rescue efforts.

Houses are flooded, levees have collapsed, trains and bridges are damaged, and roads across the country are under mud. One woman in her 70s died when she fell from a helicopter after rescuers failed to secure her safety harness. More rain is expected on Monday, and authorities are asking people to stay away from rivers and keep their eyes open for landslides. Catherine Garcia

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