Japan to assess damage wrought by Hagibis

Damage to houses, cars and power poles believed to be caused by a tornado in Ichihara, east of Tokyo yesterday, according to Japanese media. Typhoon Hagibis comes as the destruction wrought by last month's Typhoon Faxai remains fresh in many minds. A
Several cities in central Japan, including Ise city in Mie prefecture, were submerged in waist-deep waters. Ise city's Isuzu River swelled its banks after intense rainfall caused by Typhoon Hagibis yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS
Damage to houses, cars and power poles believed to be caused by a tornado in Ichihara, east of Tokyo yesterday, according to Japanese media. Typhoon Hagibis comes as the destruction wrought by last month's Typhoon Faxai remains fresh in many minds. A
Pedestrians holding onto their umbrellas amid strong winds in Tokyo yesterday. Weather site Tenki.jp said that the many high-rise buildings in the capital could lead to winds being concentrated in between skyscrapers, causing “localised gusts”. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Damage to houses, cars and power poles believed to be caused by a tornado in Ichihara, east of Tokyo yesterday, according to Japanese media. Typhoon Hagibis comes as the destruction wrought by last month's Typhoon Faxai remains fresh in many minds. A
A Family Mart convenience store in Tokyo had taped-up windows and bags filled with water yesterday to counter a flood surge. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Damage to houses, cars and power poles believed to be caused by a tornado in Ichihara, east of Tokyo yesterday, according to Japanese media. Typhoon Hagibis comes as the destruction wrought by last month's Typhoon Faxai remains fresh in many minds. A
Damage to houses, cars and power poles believed to be caused by a tornado in Ichihara, east of Tokyo yesterday, according to Japanese media. Typhoon Hagibis comes as the destruction wrought by last month’s Typhoon Faxai remains fresh in many minds. PHOTO: REUTERS

More rain in 24 hours than typically seen in a month, swelling river banks and causing landslides

As much of central and eastern Japan wakes up to expected clear skies and warm weather today, having braved the worst of Typhoon Hagibis, the first order of business will be to assess the extent of damage caused by the storm.

The typhoon dumped more rain in 24 hours over widespread areas than what would typically be encountered in one month, swelling the banks of at least 40 rivers and causing landslides. At least 100 homes along the banks of the Tama river were flooded.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 13, 2019, with the headline 'Japan to assess damage wrought by Hagibis'. Print Edition | Subscribe