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(Update 2) Death Toll from Typhoon Hagibis Rises to 56 in Japan

(Update 2) Death Toll from Typhoon Hagibis Rises to 56 in Japan

   Tokyo, Oct. 14 (Jiji Press)--The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis rose to 56 in 11 prefectures on Monday, as search-and-rescue efforts continued after the weekend typhoon, one of the worst storms to hit Japan in recent history.
   As of 4 p.m. on Monday (7 a.m. GMT), levees for at least 35 rivers were broken at 50 locations, mainly in Miyagi, Fukushima and Tochigi prefectures, according to the land ministry and other sources. The number of levee collapses may increase further.
   According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, nine people were unaccounted for, including in Miyagi, Fukushima and Kanagawa prefectures, in the wake of the 19th typhoon of the year, which lashed central and eastern Japan.
   Evacuation advisory was in place for about 760,000 people in seven prefectures, while some 38,000 people was taking shelter as of Monday. About 4,400 homes, mainly in Saitama, Tochigi and Nagano prefectures, were inundated.
   Landslide has been confirmed at 140 locations. Due to rain in some areas on Monday, the ministry put residents on alert for more landslides and swollen rivers.

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