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(Update 5) Typhoon Hagibis Kills 35 People, Causes Extensive Damage

(Update 5) Typhoon Hagibis Kills 35 People, Causes Extensive Damage

   Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)--Very powerful Typhoon Hagibis, which struck Japan Saturday to Sunday, has left 35 people dead in 10 prefectures, according to a Jiji Press tally.
   According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, 11 people have been unaccounted for. The 19th typhoon of this year caused extensive damage to wide areas through landslides and flooding.
   The typhoon turned into an extratropical cyclone around noon Sunday (3 a.m. GMT) after crossing the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, and the Kanto eastern region including Tokyo from Saturday night to early Sunday. The typhoon caused record-breaking rains and violent winds in the Tokai central region including Shizuoka, the Kanto-Koshin eastern to central regions, and the Tohoku northeastern region.
   A total of over 110,000 personnel, including police officers, firefighters and Self-Defense Forces troops have been engaged in search and rescue operations. The land ministry has mobilized 140 pumper trucks to drain floodwater.
   According to the ministry, levees collapsed at 24 locations of 21 rivers, including in Kanto and Tohoku.

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