New Delhi: The powerful typhoon ‘Hagibis‘ that made landfall in Japan’s south of Tokyo killed 18 people and injured at least 149 others, stated news agency IANS on Sunday. While the death toll is rising, at least 13 were reported to be missing, Efe news quoted public broadcaster NHK as saying. Earlier in the day, rescue operations were in full swing to evacuate all those who are stranded in the flooded areas.
According to Associated Press, nearly 17,000 police and military troops were ready, waiting for an order from the government to begin their rescue operations. The typhoon was powerful enough to bring in heavy rainfall and winds covering many regions in Japan, including the capital city Tokyo. Thus it was named as Hagibis which in the Philippine language of Tagalog means ‘speed’.
The typhoon also hit the sporting events in the country. The Japanese Grand Prix was delayed in view of the typhoon. Besides, the World Rugby Cup match between Namibia and Canada which was scheduled for Sunday in Kamaishi of northern Japan was cancelled.
Meanwhile, the flights at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport were grounded for safety reasons.