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18 killed as super typhoon Hagibis lashes Japan
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18 killed as super typhoon Hagibis lashes Japan
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Tokyo, Oct 14 (TIWN) At least 18 people have been killed and 13 were reported missing on Sunday after the powerful super typhoon Hagibis ravaged central and eastern Japan, with torrential rains causing a number of rivers to overflow into residential areas of the country.

At least 149 people have been injured across the country, Efe news quoted public broadcaster NHK as saying, as authorities scrambled to count the rising casualties.  NHK was airing footage of residential areas flooded by overflowing rivers and rescue efforts early on Sunday.  In Nagano prefecture - one of the worst affected by the storm - torrential rains caused the Chikuma river to overflow and flood nearby localities, carrying away vehicles in its torrent.  Three people were reported rescued but three others remain missing.  In Sano, Tochigi prefecture, the overflowing Akiyama river flooded a residential area and rescue teams were evacuating residents.  The central government has deployed around 27,000 soldiers of the Self-Defence Forces (military) to take part in the rescue efforts, local news agency Kyodo reported.  In Muromori, Miyagi prefecture, the city hall was flooded and there were reports of landslides and areas being cut off due to the submersion of roads.  In Tokyo, the waters of the Tama river were also flowing above the limit and the lower floors of some buildings, including a hospital had been flooded.  Local firefighters were trying to ascertain if everybody had evacuated successfully, while one man was found dead, NHK reported.  The area close to the river is often inhabited by homeless people and search and rescue efforts continued as water levels started to recede.

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