At least one hundred thousand people will participate in search and rescue operations in Japan on Monday after the country has been hit by one of the most severe storms in recent decades. Typhoon Hagibis has caused at least 170 wounded and at least 31 deaths.

15 people are still missing. Thousands of police officers, firefighters and soldiers are releasing people who have been trapped by landslides and floods.

Around 400,000 households are currently still without power.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his condolences to the relatives. "The government will do everything it can to ensure that public life can get going again," he added.


Ravage and flooding in Japan by typhoon Hagibis

According to the authorities, Hagibis leads to the heaviest rain showers and gusts of wind in years. A record amount of rain fell in many places, which led to mud flows. At least thirteen rivers have crossed their banks and this number is expected to rise.

Cargo ship sunk in waters near Tokyo

The Japanese authorities reported Sunday afternoon (local time) that a cargo ship had sunk in the waters off Tokyo. The ship was lost sight of when Typhoon Hagibis landed in Japan on Saturday, according to the Japanese Ministry of Transport.

According to the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri , at least five of the twelve crew members died in the ship accident. At least four people would have been saved. According to the newspaper, crew members from Myanmar, China and Vietnam were on board.


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