The effects of Typhoon Hagibis, which made landfall in Japan on October 12, 2019, continues to be felt by thousands of vulnerable in the country’s central regions. Widespread torrential rains that, in just two days produced 30%-40% of Japan’s usual annual rainfall, combined with strong winds, flooding and landslides led to Category 5 warnings to “… to save your life” in 13 prefectures; 7+ million people were warned to evacuate.
By November 8th, 95 people (70% age 60 or older) died; five people were missing, and 55,000+ houses were destroyed or damaged. (Source: Cabinet Office). The Typhoon caused at least 805 landslides in 20 prefectures for an historically high number of sediment disasters caused by one Typhoon. (Source: Yomiuri News)