Typhoon Hagibis Causes Record-High Sediment Disasters in Japan

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Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--The number of sediment disasters triggered by Typhoon Hagibis in Japan last month was the highest for typhoon-caused cases since records started in 2004, according to the land ministry.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday (11 p.m. Tuesday GMT), the number of such disasters caused by the 19th typhoon of the year stood at 821, topping the previous record of 800, set by Typhoon Tokage in 2004.

The figure is about a half of this year's overall total of sediment disasters in Japan, which stood at 1,640 as of the end of October, according to the ministry.

The ministry said Typhoon Hagibis induced 394 landslides on steep slopes, 383 mudflow incidents and 44 landslips on shallow slopes, affecting 20 of the country's 47 prefectures.

The northeastern prefecture of Miyagi had the highest number of sediment disasters, at 249, followed by the neighboring prefecture of Iwate, at 97.

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