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Japan: Rescue operation on after powerful typhoon dashed heavy rainfall

According to public broadcaster NHK, the typhoon left four people dead, 17 missing and more than 100 people injured. The numbers are growing, underlining the damage from Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language of Tagalog. Several rivers overflowed, including Tama River near Tokyo. Authorities warned that the risk of mudslides remained.

Some train service in the Tokyo area, much of which had halted, resumed from early morning, although others were undergoing safety checks and were expected to start later in the day. The usually crowded train stations and streets of Tokyo were abandoned as people were advised to stay indoors. But life was quickly returning to normal under clear sunny skies.

About 17 thousand police and military troops had been standing ready for rescue operations, under government orders. Evacuation centres had been set up in coastal towns, and tens of thousands of people had evacuated, praying their homes were still there after the storm passed.