Marumori, hit hard by Typhoon Hagibis, begins cleanup

Marumori residents cleaning up a house that was affected by flooding caused by Typhoon Hagibis last Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS Residents and volunteers at the trash collection point in Marumori town in Miyagi prefecture yesterday, a week after Typhoon Ha
Residents and volunteers at the trash collection point in Marumori town in Miyagi prefecture yesterday, a week after Typhoon Hagibis swept through Japan. The Environment Ministry estimates that several million tonnes of waste, including furniture and appliances, will need to be disposed of. This far exceeds the 1.9 million tonnes of waste from last year's heavy-rain disaster. ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM
Marumori residents cleaning up a house that was affected by flooding caused by Typhoon Hagibis last Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS Residents and volunteers at the trash collection point in Marumori town in Miyagi prefecture yesterday, a week after Typhoon Ha
Marumori residents cleaning up a house that was affected by flooding caused by Typhoon Hagibis last Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS
Marumori residents cleaning up a house that was affected by flooding caused by Typhoon Hagibis last Monday. PHOTO: REUTERS Residents and volunteers at the trash collection point in Marumori town in Miyagi prefecture yesterday, a week after Typhoon Ha
RETIREE KATSUSHI OKAZAKI.

Flooding and 150 landslides kill at least seven there; water supply to town still not resumed

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 20, 2019, with the headline 'Marumori, hit hard by typhoon, begins cleanup'. Print Edition | Subscribe