Recovery Efforts in Typhoon Aftermath Seen to Be Prolonged

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Tokyo, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)--People's efforts to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of powerful Typhoon Hagibis are expected to be prolonged in eastern Japan and other areas that suffered extensive damage from numerous floods caused by record-breaking torrential rain.

More than 10,000 houses have been inundated or damaged, electricity or water is still out in many homes and some train services remain suspended partly because railway bridges were washed out by swollen rivers.

As of Wednesday, the death toll from the 19th typhoon of the year, which lashed central and eastern Japan on Saturday and Sunday, stood at 74. According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, 15 people remain unaccounted for in five prefectures.

Levee breaches have been confirmed at a total of 79 locations along 55 rivers, the land ministry said. Meanwhile, flood water receded in 58 areas, including in the town of Marumori in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, and the city of Chikuma in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan.

For residents of mountainous settlements who have been stranded due to road damage, Self-Defense Forces helicopters transported relief supplies. Police personnel visited such residents on foot for confirmation of their safety.

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