Japan's Marumori, hard-hit by Typhoon Hagibis, cleans up

Residents and volunteers at the trash collection point in Marumori town in Japan's Miyagi prefecture on Oct 19, one week after Typhoon Hagibis struck.
Residents and volunteers at the trash collection point in Marumori town in Japan's Miyagi prefecture on Oct 19, one week after Typhoon Hagibis struck.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
Workers at the trash collection point in Marumori town in Japan's Miyagi prefecture on Oct 19, one week after Typhoon Hagibis struck.
Workers at the trash collection point in Marumori town in Japan's Miyagi prefecture on Oct 19, one week after Typhoon Hagibis struck.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
Water supply has not yet resumed to Marumori town, where flooding and 150 landslides killed at least seven people and left at least five missing as of Oct 19, 2019.
Water supply has not yet resumed to Marumori town, where flooding and 150 landslides killed at least seven people and left at least five missing as of Oct 19, 2019.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
Water supply has not yet resumed to Marumori town, where flooding and 150 landslides killed at least seven people and left at least five missing as of Oct 19, 2019.
Water supply has not yet resumed to Marumori town, where flooding and 150 landslides killed at least seven people and left at least five missing as of Oct 19, 2019.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
Retiree Katsushi Okazaki, 71, who lives on a hill overlooking Marumori, stands next to a small mudslide that nearly caused damage to his backyard.
Retiree Katsushi Okazaki, 71, who lives on a hill overlooking Marumori, stands next to a small mudslide that nearly caused damage to his backyard.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM

MARUMORI - The night Typhoon Hagibis struck Miyagi prefecture, bringing record rainfall, retiree Katsushi Okazaki and his family decided to weather the storm in their home perched on a hill in Marumori town.

His only preparation for the storm, the 71-year-old told The Sunday Times, was to tape up his windows with blue sheets to prevent them from shattering in the violent winds.

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