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Emergency evacuation of 7.3 million people in the area affected by Typhoon Hagibis


Meanwhile, authorities demand emergency evacuation of about 7.3 million people in the affected area. Local authorities have issued high-level disaster warnings, asking residents to stay alert to the risk of floods and landslides caused by torrential heavy rains described as "unprecedented".

The devastating scene after Typhoon Hagibis swept over Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, Japan, on October 12. Photo: THX / TTXVN

Before landing on the mainland, Typhoon Hagibis caused many disruptions in the daily activities of Japanese people. Formula One racing in Japan and two matches of the Rugby World Championship were forced to cancel. Airline airline ANA Holdings also announced the cancellation of all domestic flights departing and departing from two major airports in Tokyo from October 11.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Typhoon Hagibis brings unprecedented heavy rainfall, which is forecast to reach 1,000 millimeters in some localities, at risk of serious landslides and floods, which could threaten threatening people's lives. In addition, typhoons caused widespread blackouts, affecting the lives of over 180,000 people.

Typhoon Hagibis is expected to continue to cause serious impact in Tokyo, and six provinces including Gunma, Saitama, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Nagano and Shizuoka. In addition, Chiba prefecture near Tokyo is also affected by this storm. JMA predicts that by October 13, Hurricane Hagibis could dump 500 millimeters of rain into Tokyo.

To help foreigners prevent the Typhoon Hagibis, the Japanese government has strengthened its foreign-language information service through mobile apps and social networks. In addition, the major airports also mobilize more staff capable of foreign languages. Tourism information centers across the country are also installing power supplies and mobile phone chargers in emergencies. Many shops in and around Tokyo were closed, with people rushing to stockpile food, water, and necessities. Toyota and Honda car manufacturers both stopped working at factories on October 12.

Particularly in Tokyo, the city government has provided temporary shelter at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan building in Taito district for foreign tourists who are trapped due to the interrupted transportation system. The building is expected to open from 13h on 12/10 to 9am 13/10. However, the opening time may vary depending on the severity of the storm.


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