At least 35 people have died in Japan after one of the worst typhoons to hit the country

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More than 110,000 people are taking part in search and rescue operations after Typhoon Hagibis struck Japan during the weekend.

The typhoon – the worst storm to hit the country in decades – has left at least 35 dead, with 1175 missing.

Hagibis, the 19th named storm of the season, tore through Japan’s main island of Honshu on Saturday and early Sunday packing winds of up to 144 kph at landfall. NHK reported 166 people were injured.

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Cities and towns across the country — including in Nagano, Niigata, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures — were inundated by flood waters after levees failed in the face of record rainfall, forcing many people to abandon submerged homes. The damage could worsen in the coming days as the water levels may rise along flooded rivers.

Powerful typhoon Hagibis hit Japan
 Workers standing in flood water check the conditions of their office (unseen) after the passage of Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, central Japan. EPA-EFE/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Typhoon Hagibis also caused the cancellation of three Rugby World Cup matches but the key match between Japan and Scotland went ahead.

Via Japan Times

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