Death Toll from Typhoon Hagibis at 56 in Japan

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Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)--The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis stood at 56 in 11 prefectures as of Tuesday morning, as search-and-rescue efforts continued after the weekend typhoon, one of the worst storms to hit Japan in recent history.

As of 5 a.m. on Tuesday (8 p.m. Monday GMT), levees for at least 47 rivers were broken at 66 locations, mainly in Miyagi, Fukushima and Tochigi prefectures, according to the land ministry. The number of levee collapses may increase further.

According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, 11 people were unaccounted for, including in Miyagi, Fukushima and Kanagawa prefectures, in the wake of the 19th typhoon of the year, which lashed central and eastern Japan.

Evacuation advisory was in place for about 390,000 people in six prefectures as of 9 p.m. Monday, while some 55,000 people in Tokyo and 12 prefectures were taking shelter as of 5 a.m. Tuesday. About 10,000 homes, mainly in Saitama, Tochigi and Nagano prefectures, were inundated.

Landslide has been confirmed at 146 locations. Due to rain in some areas on Monday, the ministry put residents on alert for more landslides and swollen rivers.

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