Japanese authorities issued evacuation orders for hundreds of thousands of people in Shizuoka, Tokyo, Gunma, Wakayama and Mie prefectures on Saturday due to the risk of floods and landslides due to the approach of Typhoon Hagibis.
Evacuation orders affected around 150,000 people at noon (mostly in Mie), who were ordered to move to authorized shelters or safe places, according to figures collected by the Japanese public network NHK.
In addition, evacuation recommendations were issued (urging that they be prepared to evacuate at any time and be aware of the latest information) for 1.8 million people in Gunma, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Shizuoka prefectures and Wed, in the central and eastern regions of the country.
Hagibis, the ninth typhoon of the season in the Pacific, is heading towards the Izu Peninsula, southwest of Tokyo, where it is expected to land in the next few hours.
The storm travels at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour and drags wind gusts of more than 210 km / h, according to information from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
The authorities have warned that the intense rains that are recorded from the first hour of the day due to the great extension of the typhoon (its diameter is almost half the length of the archipelago) have caused the river flow to exceed the risk levels in Mie , Gunma, Kanagawa and Shizuoka, where residential areas have been affected.
It has also warned of landslides caused by the softening of the ground due to precipitation and accidents resulting from the detachment or displacement of objects by hurricane winds.
In the city of Ichibara, in Chiba Prefecture (east of Tokyo), the storm caused the formation of a tornado that affected the roofs of at least nine homes and collapsed another. Five people were slightly injured, including several minors.
The authorities are trying to end if this phenomenon was also responsible for the overturning of the car of a man in his 50s who was transferred to a hospital and subsequently died, which would be the first known mortal victim of the storm.
The firemen of the city of Gotenba, in Shizuoka, reported that two people were dragged along the flow of a river. One was rescued but the other is missing.
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