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Typhoon Hagibis death toll rises to 53: Kyodo tally

14 October 2019 20:05
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Typhoon Hagibis death toll rises to 53: Kyodo tally

TOKYO. KAZINFORM The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis rose to 53 on Monday as search-and-rescue teams continued to operate in areas hit by flooding and landslides in central and eastern Japan.

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Self-Defense Forces personnel, police and firefighters were carrying out operations, with 16 people missing and at least 100 injured, according to the latest Kyodo News tally.

At a disaster task force meeting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government will do the utmost to support those affected by the typhoon and its aftereffects, adding an interagency team will be set up to improve shelters and help evacuees to find places to live, Kyodo reports.

About 38,000 people in 17 prefectures had evacuated from their homes by midday Monday, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, adding 3,400 homes had been flooded across the country.

«There is concern that the impact on lives and economic activities may persist,» Abe said. «We will respond as best we can as we continue to think about those who are suffering.»

He instructed Cabinet ministers to ensure infrastructure such as electricity and water supplies are quickly restored, with numerous areas suffering outages, and to supply food, water and other materials without awaiting requests from local authorities.

In a separate meeting, Defense Minister Taro Kono told senior officials to ensure the SDF make their best efforts in responding to the disaster.

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