Typhoon Hagibis in Photos
As of Monday, dozens of people had been killed, more were missing and hundreds of thousands had been forced to abandon their homes after Japan was lashed by Typhoon Hagibis, the most powerful storm to strike the country in decades.
Rescue services jumped into action, using helicopters to pluck stranded people from balconies and roofs, and inflatable boats to access residential streets turned into raging rivers.
More than 100 rivers had flooded, the public broadcaster NHK reported, after record-breaking rains. In Nagano prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, a levee burst on the Chikuma river, flooding a wide area of Nagano city.
Another four levees across the flood zone had also collapsed, according to NHK.
Here is the storm in photos.
In a neighborhood in Koriyama, in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, floodwaters filled the streets, above. Below, the Self-Defense Forces evacuated residents from a flooded area in Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture.
A family taking shelter at an evacuation center at the Takase Elementary School in Koriyama, Japan.
Submerged residential areas, left, after an embankment of the Chikuma River broke, in Nagano. Below, a Japan Self-Defense Force helicopter hovers over submerged homes.
Submerged bullet trains in Nagano.
Destroyed houses, cars and power poles, which according to local media were believed to be caused by a tornado in Ichihara, east of Tokyo. Below, people watching the Isuzu River, swollen by Typhoon Hagibis, central Japan.
Residents being rescued in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture.