Strong winds and torrential rains continue in many parts of Japan. It is reported to be the country’s largest storm in the last 60 years.
Hurricanes ‘Typhoon Hagi Bus’ take place in the Izoo Islands area southwest of Japan. The storm is moving toward the east coast and has a speed of 225 kilometers per hour.
Floods and land sliding have forced some 7 million people to leave their homes and move to safer places.
Train service has been suspended while thousands of flights have been stopped. A man was killed near Tokyo when strong winds overturned his vehicle.
Thousands of homes around the Japanese capital were cut off. However, some homes were later restored.
There were two Rugby World Cup matches in Japan on Saturday, England vs France and New Zealand vs Italy. But both canceled and were terrified. Formula One also canceled the Japanese Grand Prix qualifying race on Saturday.
The Japanese Meteorological Department has warned that half a meter of rain is expected in Tokyo between Saturday and Sunday.
A representative for the company said during a press briefing that “for the first time in cities and villages, there have been severe rains that have issued an emergency warning.”
‘There is a strong possibility that natural disasters such as land sliding and flooding have occurred. It is important to take action to save your life. ”
‘A blanket and a biscuit’
Many citizens are trapped in centers where they are managed to save them from difficult conditions.
At one such center, James Babe told the BBC that water near the house had risen to dangerous levels.
“I’m with my sister who is disabled.”
He said, ‘Water can come to our house. We’ve got a blanket and a biscuit here. ‘
What do we know about the storm?
Typhoon refers to a storm, while Hagi is simply a Filipino word meaning speed. According to the Meteorological Department, the hurricane will hit the Japanese island of Honshu.
The biggest storm came to Japan in 1958, killing at least 1,200 people.
In several videos and photos this week, water was seen rising dangerously across several rivers and could land at any time from the shores.
The difficulties facing the Rugby World Cup and the Japanese Grand Prix have been headlines, but the local population has been more affected by the storm and people are in dire straits.
Upon notification of the storm, a large number of citizens had reached the supermarket and bought all the necessary items, leaving the store empty.
Last month’s storms in some parts of Japan were also badly damaged. It destroyed 30,000 homes that were not yet repaired.
A 93-year-old citizen told Japanese state TVNHK, “I left the house because the roof of my house had fallen due to the storm and the rain was coming in.”
According to the news agency AFP, more than 50,000 people have left their homes and moved to government centers following official information.