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Typhoon Hagibis: At least 19 people dead, 16 missing after massive flooding, landslides and power cuts in Japan

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People walk outside a train station after Rugby World Cup match between Canada and Namibia was cancelled after flooding and landslides caused by Typhoon Hagibis, in Morioka, Japan October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kiyoshi Ota

People walk outside a train station after Rugby World Cup match between Canada and Namibia was cancelled after flooding and landslides caused by Typhoon Hagibis, in Morioka, Japan October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kiyoshi Ota

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The roof of a collapsed house floats down a river in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan October 13, 2019, in this picture obtained from social media. Mandatory credit TWITTER @A37CANDY /via REUTERS

The roof of a collapsed house floats down a river in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan October 13, 2019, in this picture obtained from social media. Mandatory credit TWITTER @A37CANDY /via REUTERS

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A Shinkansen bullet train rail yard is seen flooded due to heavy rains caused by Typhoon Hagibis in  Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

A Shinkansen bullet train rail yard is seen flooded due to heavy rains caused by Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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A rescue worker swims as he checks around a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A rescue worker swims as he checks around a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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Rescue workers help residents evacuate an area after Typhoon Hagibis swept through Kawagoe
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Rescue workers help residents evacuate an area after Typhoon Hagibis swept through Kawagoe JGSDF via REUTERS

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A local resident carrying his pet dog evacuates from an area flooded by the Abukuma river, caused by Typhoon Hagibis, in Motomiya, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

A local resident carrying his pet dog evacuates from an area flooded by the Abukuma river, caused by Typhoon Hagibis, in Motomiya, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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A residential area is flooded following Typhoon Hagibis, in Koriyama
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A residential area is flooded following Typhoon Hagibis, in Koriyama (Kyodo News via AP)

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A collapsed railway bridge is seen over Chikuma river swollen by Typhoon Hagibis in Ueda, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

A collapsed railway bridge is seen over Chikuma river swollen by Typhoon Hagibis in Ueda, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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A local resident is rescued by Japanese Self-Defence Forces soldiers from areas flooded by Abukuma river following Typhoon Hagibis in Motomiya, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

A local resident is rescued by Japanese Self-Defence Forces soldiers from areas flooded by Abukuma river following Typhoon Hagibis in Motomiya, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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Schoolchildren and residents remove mud after flooding caused by Typhoon Hagibis in Marumori, Miyagi prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Schoolchildren and residents remove mud after flooding caused by Typhoon Hagibis in Marumori, Miyagi prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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An aerial view shows areas flooded by the Abukuma river following Typhoon Hagibis in Tamagawa town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

An aerial view shows areas flooded by the Abukuma river following Typhoon Hagibis in Tamagawa town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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An aerial view shows a local rewsident is rescued by a Japan Self-Defence Force helicopter from residential areas flooded by the Chikuma river, caused by Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

An aerial view shows a local rewsident is rescued by a Japan Self-Defence Force helicopter from residential areas flooded by the Chikuma river, caused by Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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Local residents sit in a boat as they are rescued from a flooded residential area following Typhoon Hagibis in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Local residents sit in a boat as they are rescued from a flooded residential area following Typhoon Hagibis in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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A local resident cleans an area affected by the flood caused by Typhoon Hagibis at Setagaya ward in Tokyo, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

A local resident cleans an area affected by the flood caused by Typhoon Hagibis at Setagaya ward in Tokyo, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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An aerial view shows a Japan Self-Defence Force helicopter flying over residential areas flooded by the Chikuma river following Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

An aerial view shows a Japan Self-Defence Force helicopter flying over residential areas flooded by the Chikuma river following Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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An aerial view shows residential areas flooded by the Chikuma river, caused by Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

An aerial view shows residential areas flooded by the Chikuma river, caused by Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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People clean up debris after floodwaters caused by Typhoon Hagibis receded in a residential area, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People clean up debris after floodwaters caused by Typhoon Hagibis receded in a residential area, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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An aerial view shows residential areas flooded by the Chikuma river following Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

An aerial view shows residential areas flooded by the Chikuma river following Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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Residents look on from their home in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Residents look on from their home in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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People clean up debris in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People clean up debris in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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People clean up debris in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

People clean up debris in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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Residents try to get into their homes at a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Residents try to get into their homes at a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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Residents try to get into their homes at a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Residents try to get into their homes at a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A man stands in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A man stands in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A rescue worker swims as he checks around a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A rescue worker swims as he checks around a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A view of an apartment building with a flooded first floor, at a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, near the Tama River in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A view of an apartment building with a flooded first floor, at a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, near the Tama River in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A rescue worker carries the body of a dead dog from a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, near the Tama River in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A rescue worker carries the body of a dead dog from a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, near the Tama River in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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Rescue workers from the Kawasaki City Fire Department look at a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, near the Tama River in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Rescue workers from the Kawasaki City Fire Department look at a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, near the Tama River in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A view of houses in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, near the Tama River in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A view of houses in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, near the Tama River in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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Debris is seen in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, near the Tama River in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Debris is seen in a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, near the Tama River in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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People walk outside a train station after Rugby World Cup match between Canada and Namibia was cancelled after flooding and landslides caused by Typhoon Hagibis, in Morioka, Japan October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kiyoshi Ota

Kyodo News service reports that 19 people are dead and 16 are missing after Typhoon Hagibis caused massive flooding in Japan.

Helicopters plucked people from their flooded homes on Sunday as rescue efforts went into full force in wide areas of Japan.

Public broadcaster NHK gave a toll of 128 injured as more details were coming in the from field, a day after Typhoon Hagibis made landfall south of Tokyo and moved northward.

"The major typhoon has caused immense damage far and wide in eastern Japan," government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters, adding that 27,000 military troops and other rescue crews were deployed for the operation.

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The roof of a collapsed house floats down a river in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan October 13, 2019, in this picture obtained from social media. Mandatory credit TWITTER @A37CANDY /via REUTERS

The roof of a collapsed house floats down a river in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan October 13, 2019, in this picture obtained from social media. Mandatory credit TWITTER @A37CANDY /via REUTERS

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The roof of a collapsed house floats down a river in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Saku City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan October 13, 2019, in this picture obtained from social media. Mandatory credit TWITTER @A37CANDY /via REUTERS

News footage showed a rescue helicopter hovering in a flooded area in Nagano prefecture where an embankment of the Chikuma River broke, and streams of water were continuing to spread over residential areas.

The helicopter plucked those stranded on the second floor of a home submerged in muddy waters.

Aerial footage showed tractors trying to control the flooding.

Meanwhile, rows of Japan’s bullet trains, parked in a facility, were sitting in a pool of water.

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A Shinkansen bullet train rail yard is seen flooded due to heavy rains caused by Typhoon Hagibis in  Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

A Shinkansen bullet train rail yard is seen flooded due to heavy rains caused by Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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A Shinkansen bullet train rail yard is seen flooded due to heavy rains caused by Typhoon Hagibis in Nagano, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

A stretch of Fukushima, in the city of Date, was also flooded with only rooftops of residential homes visible in some areas.

Parts of nearby Miyagi prefecture were also under water.

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A rescue worker swims as he checks around a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A rescue worker swims as he checks around a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A rescue worker swims as he checks around a flooded residential area due to Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The Tama River, which runs by Tokyo, overflowed its banks.

Authorities warned of a risk of mudslides. Among the reported deaths were those whose homes were buried in landslides. Other fatalities included people who got swept away by raging rivers.

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A local resident carrying his pet dog evacuates from an area flooded by the Abukuma river, caused by Typhoon Hagibis, in Motomiya, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

A local resident carrying his pet dog evacuates from an area flooded by the Abukuma river, caused by Typhoon Hagibis, in Motomiya, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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A local resident carrying his pet dog evacuates from an area flooded by the Abukuma river, caused by Typhoon Hagibis, in Motomiya, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Suga said that damage to housing from the flooding was extensive but promised recovery was on its way.

Around 376,000 homes were without electricity, and 14,000 homes lacked running water, he said.

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A collapsed railway bridge is seen over Chikuma river swollen by Typhoon Hagibis in Ueda, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

A collapsed railway bridge is seen over Chikuma river swollen by Typhoon Hagibis in Ueda, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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A collapsed railway bridge is seen over Chikuma river swollen by Typhoon Hagibis in Ueda, central Japan, October 13, 2019, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Boats as well as helicopters were sent to the flooded areas, while rescue crew dug through dirt in other areas to try to get people out from homes buried by landslides.

Several train service in the Tokyo area resumed early on Sunday morning, although others were undergoing safety checks and were expected to restart later on.

So many risks remain, and it is a reality we must stay on guard

Ruling party politician Fumio Kishida said the government will do its utmost in rescue operations, including making sure that those who moved to shelters were taken care of.

He acknowledged Japan’s power grids need to be strengthened so people in disaster areas can rely on timely information.

“So many risks remain, and it is a reality we must stay on guard,” Kishida said on an NHK TV news talk show. “We must do our utmost. In these times, a disaster can hit anytime.”

The Rugby World Cup match between Namibia and Canada, scheduled for Sunday in Kamaishi, northern Japan, was cancelled as a precautionary measure, but organisers announced Japan will play Scotland as scheduled on Sunday evening.

All matches on Saturday had been cancelled, and shops and amusement parks closed.

As the typhoon bore down on Saturday with heavy rains and strong winds, the usually crowded train stations and streets of Tokyo were deserted, with people advised to stay indoors.

Evacuation centres had been set up in coastal towns with tens of thousands seeking shelter. Kyodo News service said evacuation warnings had been issued to more than six million people.

The typhoon disrupted a three-day weekend in Japan that includes Sports Day on Monday.

Qualifying for a Formula One race in Suzuka was pushed back from Saturday to Sunday.

The authorities had repeatedly warned Hagibis was on par with a typhoon that hit the Tokyo region in 1958.

The typhoon six decades ago had left more than 1,200 people dead and half a million houses flooded.

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