TOKYO (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – At least seven people were killed and 15 were missing after the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in decades paralysed Tokyo, public broadcaster NHK said on Sunday (Oct 13), flooding rivers and leaving almost half a million homes without power.
More than 100 people were injured as many areas were hit by record amounts of rainfall and violent winds, NHK reported. Officials urged residents to be on alert with evacuation orders remaining for about 5.9 million people across 17 prefectures, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.
Typhoon Hagibis had moved away from the island by Sunday morning. It was located off the Sanriku coast as of 8.45am local time (7.45am Singapore time), according to the meteorological agency.
More than 420,000 buildings across the country have lost electricity due to the typhoon, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a statement.
Rugby World Cup organisers cancelled a Sunday match between Namibia and Canada in Kamaishi amid safety concerns following torrential rains that caused flooding and landslides around the venue in northern Japan. Games between the United States and Tonga, and Wales and Uruguay will still take place, according to a statement on the tournament’s official website.
Organisers early Sunday were still considering whether to hold a closely watched contest between Japan and Scotland.