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At least four killed after a fierce typhoon hit northern Japan and paralyzed Tokyo



The strongest typhoon that hit Tokyo in decades and plowed into northern Japan early Sunday after heavy rain and wind paralyzed the capital resulted in at least four deaths, millions under evacuation warnings, rivers flooded, and normally uprated roads ,

The authorities lifted the rain and flood warnings for the Kanto region around a tranquil Tokyo before sunrise, but imposed it further north after the typhoon blew Hagibis through the capital.

The attention was focused on Fukushima, where Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc

In the prefectures of Chiba, Gunma and Kanagawa near Tokyo, three people died while a man in the sixties was killed by the earthquake and the Tsunami in 201

1 destroyed nuclear power plant Fukushima No. 1 irregular readings reported by sensors to monitor the water was found without vital signs in a flooded flat in Kawasaki, said the public broadcaster NHK. On Sunday, 17 men were missing.

A 50-year-old man was killed on Saturday near Tokyo in a car that was overturned by punitive winds while another person died after being washed away in a car, NHK said. According to a local coast guard, a Panamanian cargo ship with 12 crew members is said to have fallen aboard Tokyo Bay. Three crew members were rescued on early Sunday.

Authorities issued evacuation orders and orders to more than 6 million people across the country when the storm triggered the heaviest rain and wind in years. So far, 80 injuries have been reported while more than 270,000 households have lost power, NHK said.

The storm, which the government said could hit Tokyo hardest since 1958, produced record-breaking rainfall in many areas, including Hakone, a resort hit by 939.5 mm of rainfall for 24 hours.

Hagibis, which means "speed" in the Philippine language Tagalog, landed on Japan's main island of Honshu on Saturday night. A magnitude 5.7 earthquake shook Tokyo shortly thereafter.

Haneda Airport in Tokyo and restricted high-speed rail traffic were reopened Sunday morning after a large-scale deployment the previous day. It is unlikely that the JR East operated railways in the Tokyo metropolitan area would be put back into service until Sunday noon.

Even when the typhoon left the capital late Saturday, an expert warned of further flooding. As several surrounding prefectures began to drain water from dams and let it flow downstream.

"The situation is worse now than tonight," said Nobuyuki Tsuchiya, director of the Japan Riverfront Research Center. In Tokyo, about 1.5 million people live below sea level.

The Meteorological Office issued the highest alert for 12 prefectures, warning of potential rainfall in recent decades. It canceled the warnings on early Sunday.

"Damage caused by floods and landslides is likely to occur," an agency official told a news conference hosted by NHK. "It is crucial that people take urgent action to protect their lives and that of their loved ones."

Just last month, another strong storm, the Typhoon Faxai, destroyed or damaged 30,000 homes in Chiba, east of Tokyo, and caused extensive power outages.

The main airports of the capital, Haneda and Narita, stopped flights from the landing, and hauling trains were discontinued, forcing the cancellation of more than a thousand flights. Most subway lines in Tokyo had failed on Saturday. As a rule, busy entertainment and shopping districts such as Shibuya and Ginza were deserted.

Tokyo Disneyland closed on Saturday, its first weather-related closure since 1984, and in supermarkets water bottles, batteries and other catastrophic goods were lost. [19659002] Many people in and around Tokyo sought early shelter in shelters before the worst storm set in.

Yuka Ikemura, a 24-year-old kindergarten teacher, was in such a facility at a Tokyo East Tokyo community center with her 3-year-old son, 8-month-old daughter, and pet rabbit.

She said she had decided to move before it was too late.

"I have small children to take care of and we live on the first floor of an old apartment," said Ikemura.

"We brought the essentials with us. I am afraid to think about when we have no diapers and no milk left.

The organizers of the Formula 1 Grand Prix race in Japan have canceled all training and qualifying sessions planned for Saturday. Two games of the Rugby World Cup, to be played on Saturday, have also been canceled.


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