11 dead, thousands in shelters as Typhoon Hagibis hits Japan

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Delhi: Japan’s military scrambled Sunday to rescue people trapped by flooding in the aftermath of powerful Typhoon Hagibis, which killed at least eleven people, caused landslides and burst rivers. By Sunday morning, the significantly weakened storm had moved back off land, but it left in its wake a trail of destruction and forced Rugby World Cup organisers to cancel another match. Serious flooding was reported in central Japan’s Nagano, where a burst levee sent swollen waters from the Chikuma River gushing into residential neighbourhoods, flooding homes up to the second floor. Japan’s military deployed helicopters to rescue people seen in aerial footage standing on balconies waving towels to attract attention. “Overnight, we issued evacuation orders to 427 households, 1,417 individuals,” Yasuhiro Yamaguchi, an emergency official at Nagano city told.