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Typhoon Hagibis kills 72, leaves 14 others missing

October 15, 2019: Landslides and floods caused by a powerful typhoon Hagibis has claimed lives of 72 people and left 14 others missing in Japan.

On 12 October, Hagibis made landfall at Izu Peninsula as a Category 2–equivalent typhoon. Hagibis caused widespread damage across Japan, particularly in the Kantō region.

According to The Guardian, the evacuation orders have been issued to more than 800,000 households across 11 prefectures in Japan. 

The typhoon touched down southwest of Tokyo on Saturday. An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 shook the area shortly before the same time as the typhoon was making landfall. The earthquake was felt across Tokyo and Chiba.

Also for the first time in the history of the Rugby World Cup,  the match has been cancelled. Two matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup have been cancelled i.e. the Pool B match between New Zealand and Italy, and the Pool C match between England and France.

The sky turned in deep purple colour in Japan surprising the locals, just before the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis.

US President Donald Trump approved an emergency declaration for Guam and the Mariana Islands  ahead of Hagibis.

Typhoon Hagibis is the most devastating typhoon to hit the Kantō region of Japan since Typhoon Ida in 1958. 


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