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Japanese soldiers struggled to help this Sunday the inhabitants who were trapped by the numerous floods caused by the powerful typhoon Hagibis, which left at least 18 dead and more than a dozen missing and forced to modify the organization of the Rugby World Championship and of the Formula 1 GP.
In addition, about 150 people were also injured throughout the archipelago, according to figures from rescue forces and local authorities collected by the Japanese media, which Efe collects.
The storm, accompanied by rains of an "unprecedented" intensity, sowed desolation as it passed through central and eastern Japan between Saturday night and Sunday morning, leaving flooded houses, landslides and overflowing rivers .
In the Nagano region (center), there were significant floods. A dike gave way, leaving the Chikuma River waters clear in a residential area where homes were flooded to the first floor.
Several troubled inhabitants alerted from their balconies waving towels to the helicopters of the public television network NHK and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.
Aerial images showed several high-speed trains submerged in a muddy water in a Nagano depot.
The central government has mobilized some 27,000 members of the Self-Defense Forces (army) to participate in the work, according to figures collected by the Kyodo news agency.
Around 7.3 million Japanese received non-mandatory evacuation slogans after record levels of rainfall. Several tens of thousands of people followed the recommendation and were welcomed in gyms or multipurpose rooms where they were provided with food, water and blankets.
The "unprecedented" intensity of rainfall caused the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) to issue its maximum level of rainfall alert, reserved for situations of possible catastrophe.
Hagibis made landfall on Saturday shortly before 7:00 p.m. (10:00 GMT) and reached Tokyo around 9:00 p.m., accompanied by gusts of wind up to 200 km / h, according to the JMA.
Even before touching the ground, Hagibis caused a death on Saturday in the Chiba region (on the eastern outskirts of Tokyo), where a man was found dead in a dump truck, according to firefighters.
The balance increased with the passage of the bulk of the storm, which claimed lives in the Tokyo region, in the center and in the northeast of the country.
The NHK chain counted almost 100 injured and reported the disappearance of more than 10 people.
Among the missing were eight people who were aboard a freighter that was shipwrecked Saturday night in Tokyo Bay. The Coast Guard announced that they rescued four members of the ship's crew, with a Panamanian flag, but were still looking for the others.
"The water at home rose to a level above my head, which made all the furniture move. It is now like a washing machine," Hajime Tokuda, a resident of Kawasaki (west of Tokyo), told AFP.
In Higashi Matsuyama, in the Saitama region (northwest of Tokyo), rice and flower growers counted their losses this Sunday, after the water invaded warehouses where they kept the recent crops.
"We had never experienced a flood like this in the area," said a farmer who declined to give his name.
Several rivers overflowed, including Tama , west of Tokyo, which passes through highly populated areas.
The authorities also released some of the water from several dams that threatened to overflow.
Rugby matches canceled
The typhoon also forced to modify the organization of two sports competitions held in Japan. The qualifying sessions of the Formula 1 Grand Prix played in Suzuka (center) were delayed from Saturday to Sunday, and three matches of the Rugby World Cup (France-England and New Zealand-Italy scheduled on Saturday, and Namibia-Canada from Sunday) were canceled.
On the other hand, the decisive Scotland-Japan on Sunday, which ran the risk of being canceled, will finally be played as planned .
The typhoon also paralyzed transport in the greater Tokyo region, on a long weekend due to Monday's holiday. Air, train connections and subway lines were suspended on Saturday.
Japan is usually hit every year by about twenty typhoons. Before Hagibis, Faxai left at least two dead in September and caused significant damage in Chiba.
The typhoon weakened after its passage through the Japanese territory and at noon it was degraded to the category of extratropical cyclone but the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) urged the population to remain alert despite the passage of the typhoon due to the risk of flooding and landslides and landslides due to the softening of the ground due to past rains.
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