Typhoon Hagibis to Land in Japan Soon; One Dead, 10 Injured

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Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)--Very strong Typhoon Hagibis is expected to land in Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan or the Kanto eastern region including Tokyo on Saturday evening or night, already causing violent winds and record-breaking rains in many areas in the Tokai region including Shizuoka and Kanto.

The Japan Meteorological Agency urged residents in areas affected by the 19th typhoon of this year to be alert for landslides, flooding and other hazardous situations, and to act to ensure safety.

At 3:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m. GMT), the agency issued special heavy rain warnings to Tokyo and six prefectures--Gunma, Saitama, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Shizuoka and Nagano. It is the first time for any of these areas to face such heavy rain alerts.

Municipalities covered by the special warnings included the cities of Hachioji and Machida in Tokyo, the cities of Honjo and Chichibu in Saitama, the cities of Sagamihara and Odawara in Kanagawa, and the cities of Atami and Izu in Shizuoka. The agency issues a special warning when serious disasters are imminent or have already occurred.

In the city of Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, on Saturday, a light truck overturned due to a gust of wind, and a man inside the vehicle died after being sent to a hospital. As of noon, one person was seriously injured in Kanagawa, and a total of nine people suffered minor injuries in Chiba, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Yamaguchi and Tokushima prefectures, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

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