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Typhoon leaves widespread damage

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) -- Powerful Typhoon No. 19 barreled north through the Kanto region, leaving behind record-setting rainfall in some areas and widespread damage from flooding, most notably from the overflowing of the Chikuma River in Nagano Prefecture on Saturday evening.

Large area was flooded due to Powerful Typhoon No. 19

Embankments along 21 rivers were breached and about 140 rivers flooded nationwide as of 6 pm on Sunday.
The typhoon, which made landfall on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture at about 7 pm on Saturday, led to evacuation orders and advisories being issued to more than 10 million people, mainly in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The Japan Meteorological Agency held an emergency press conference on Saturday, urging citizens to “take action to protect their lives.”
The agency said that in the 48-hour span up to 3 p.m. on Sunday, record rainfall was recorded in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, which were drenched with 1,001 mm and 760 mm, respectively.
Strong winds pounded the area, with a maximum wind speed of 41.5 metres per second recorded at 9:14 pm on Saturday in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.
In response to flooding of the Tama River, the Tokyo metropolitan government requested the Self-Defense Forces be dispatched for disaster relief on Saturday evening.
Floodwaters reach homes
A dike on a bank of the Chikuma River in Nagano was breached by Typhoon No. 19’s torrential rain, allowing floodwater to flow into residential areas, a local branch of the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry said on Sunday.
According to the ministry’s Hokuriku Regional Development Bureau, the dike burst in the city’s Hoyasu district. In Nagano, there are reports that the flood reached the second floor of residential buildings.
The floodwater reached National Highway Route 18, which is about 100 meters from the riverbank, according to the Nagano national highway office. Roads around the area are closed.
The rescue of affected residents by firefighters and the Ground Self-Defense Force is underway. According to the Nagano city government, residents of facilities for the elderly, including a special nursing care home and a group home, in the Hoyasu district are stranded.

(Latest Update October 15, 2019)

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