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At least one dead and more than 60 injured by the arrival of Typhoon ‘Hagibis’ to Japan

October 12, 2019

The authorities have recommended the evacuation of more than six million people

TOKYO, Oct. 12 (Reuters / EP) –

At least one person has died, more than 60 have been injured and about six million have received evacuation recommendations for the arrival of typhoon 'Hagibis', which threatens to leave unprecedented rains and winds in the last six decades.

Typhoon 'Hagibis', which means “speed” in Tagalog, made landfall this Saturday afternoon on the Japanese island of Honshu, one month after one of the strongest storms in recent years hit the country and caused damage to 30,000 households.

The storm, which according to the Government could be the biggest in affecting Tokyo since 1958, has already caused unprecedented rainfall in several areas, including the popular town of Hakone. The Meteorological Agency has activated the maximum alert level in twelve prefectures.

“It is key that people take urgent measures to protect their lives and those of their loved ones,” said a person in charge of that agency during a press conference issued by the public network NHK.

Numerous people from Tokyo and its surroundings have gone to temporary evacuation centers authorized by the authorities, which have called on the population to prepare in front of a typhoon that has already caused the cancellation of thousands of flights and the suspension of railway connections.

Yuka Ikemura, a 24-year-old teacher, has told Reuters that she decided to go to one of these centers with her two children before it was too late. “We have brought the basics. I worry about what can happen if we run out of diapers and milk,” he said.

The winds have already caused damage in some areas, especially in Chiba, east of Tokyo, where a man in his 40s has died inside his vehicle. There is also evidence of several people missing by a landslide on two homes in a town near the capital