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Typhoon Hagibis: Dozens killed and searches continue in Japan for missing people

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

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

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

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

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

Rescue crews in Japan are digging through mudslides and searching for missing people following a typhoon that has left dozens dead.

Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds on Saturday that left thousands of homes on Japan's main island flooded, damaged or without power.

Authorities warned more mudslides were possible with rain forecast for the affected area during the day on Monday.

Kyodo News service, assembling information from a wide network, counted 36 deaths caused by the typhoon with 16 people missing. The official count from the Fire and Disaster Management Agency was 19 dead and 13 missing.

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

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

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

Hagibis dropped record amounts of rain for a period in some spots, according to meteorological officials, causing more than 20 rivers to overflow. In Kanagawa Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, 100 centimetres of rainfall was recorded over the last 48 hours.

Some of the muddy waters in streets, fields and residential areas have subsided. But many places remained flooded, with homes and surrounding roads covered in mud and littered with broken wooden pieces and debris. Some places normally dry still looked like rivers.

Some who lined up for morning soup at evacuation shelters, which are housing 30,000 people, expressed concern about the homes they had left behind. Survivors and rescuers will also face colder weather with northern Japan turning chilly this week.

Rescue efforts were in full force with soldiers and firefighters from throughout Japan deployed. Helicopters could be seen plucking some of the stranded from higher floors and rooftops of submerged homes.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government will set up a special disaster team, including officials from various ministries, to deal with the fallout from the typhoon, including helping those in evacuation centres and boosting efforts to restore water and electricity to homes.

Mr Abe said: "Our response must be rapid and appropriate."

Damage was serious in Nagano prefecture, where an embankment of the Chikuma River broke. Areas in Miy

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