By Nick Baum
TUESDAY – 10/15/19
Typhoon Hagibis, which made landfall and struck the main island of Japan over the weekend, has been confirmed to have killed 49 people, injured over 200, and left 14 missing according to the country’s public broadcaster NHK. Yesterday, Japan launched a major search operation to find any missing individuals and to repair any dangerous sites.
It is estimated that around 230,000 citizens were evacuated before the typhoon hit, and according to electric companies there are still 84,000 without power. Those areas without power being in Tokyo and northern Japan. In addition to the damage reeked by the typhoon, tornadoes appeared before the typhoon hit, already dealing damage. To make matters worse, it is raining in parts of Japan, so water levels could rise even more.
The typhoon struck in the middle of the Rugby World Cup, which was being hosted by Japan. As a result, three matches had to be cancelled and a fourth match between Scotland and Japan was threatened to be cancelled, but stayed on due to the match’s importance, with Japan winning and making it to the quarterfinals for the first time ever.
Sources and Pictures: CNN, Daily Mail, EPA, NHK