Death Toll from Typhoon Hagibis Rises to 74 in Japan
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Tokyo, Oct. 15 (Jiji Press)--The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis rose to 74 in 11 prefectures on Tuesday, as search-and-rescue efforts continued after the weekend typhoon, one of the worst storms to hit Japan in recent history.
Levee breaches have been reported at a total of 73 locations along 52 rivers, mainly in Miyagi, Fukushima, Nagano and Tochigi prefectures, according to the land ministry.
According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency and other sources, 14 people remained unaccounted for in five prefectures, in the wake of the 19th typhoon of the year, which lashed central and eastern Japan on Saturday and Sunday.
Evacuation advisory was kept in place for about 360,000 people, including in Tochigi and Fukushima, as of 3 p.m. Tuesday (6 a.m. GMT), while some 5,000 people in Tokyo and 12 prefectures were taking shelter as of 2:30 p.m. About 10,000 homes, mainly in Saitama and Fukushima prefectures, were inundated.
Landslide has been confirmed at 146 locations. Due to rain in some areas on Monday, the land ministry put residents on alert for more landslides and swollen rivers.
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