Typhoon Hagibis and its aftermath

Nov. 18, 17:00

It's been one month since powerful Typhoon Hagibis tore through Japan leaving widespread damage. The typhoon was the strongest to hit the country in decades and killed 91 people. Four people are still missing.

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Hagibis damaged more than 85,000 homes and the clean-up will continue for months, and even years for some.

Land and Infrastructure Ministry officials gave an update on the damage on Monday, Nov. 11,
They said some 300 rivers overflowed and at least 25,000 hectares of land were flooded.
Eastern and Northern Japan also saw levees collapse.
They confirmed more than 850 incidents of landslides and mudflows -- the highest number recorded since 1982.

The government's next steps include a review of its disaster-prevention policy and a re-examination of existing infrastructure, considering the latest damage.

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Nagano Prefecture was one of the hardest-hit areas. NHK World's Maiko Eiraku spoke with a 79-year-old apple farmer who is calling it quits after the storm destroyed her property.

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Multilingual assistance on Typhoon Hagibis

Local authorities affected by Typhoon Hagibis are offering multilingual assistance to foreign residents and tourists affected by the devastating typhoon.

Multilingual Support Center Kanagawa: 045-316-2770
(English, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Spanish, Portuguese, Nepali, Thai, Korean and Indonesian)

Kawasaki International Center: 044-455-8811
(English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian and Nepali)

The Fukushima International Association: 024-524-1316
(English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Portuguese)

Koriyama City Foreign Language Portal
(Spanish, Portuguese, English, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Thai)

The Iwaki international association: 0246-22-7409
(English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese)

The Nagano Assistance Center for Foreign Residents: 026-219-3068
(Chinese, Portuguese, Tagalog, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, English, Indonesian, Spanish, Nepalese, Malay, Burmese, French, Cambodian, and German)

In the city of Nagano, counseling in Chinese is available at the International Exchange Corner in the Monzen Plaza building. 026-223-0053

In the city of Ueda, counseling in Portuguese and Chinese is available at a consultation space for foreigners on the first floor of the city hall. 0268-75-2245

Saku City is offering advice in Thai, Portuguese and Chinese in its city hall. 0267-62-3283

In the city hall of Tomi, counseling is available in Portuguese and Spanish.

The Miyagi International Association: 022-275-9990
(English, Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Thai, Tagalog, and Hindi)

The Sendai Multicultural Center: 022-265-2471
(English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Nepali)
It is responding to requests for dispatches of volunteer translators.

The Tome City International Friendship Association: 0220-52-2144
(English, Chinese and Korean)

Ibaraki Prefecture Disaster Prevention and Risk Management Portal Site
(English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Portuguese)

The Ibaraki International Association: 029-244-3811
(English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, Spanish, and Portuguese)

Tochigi Prefecture: 028-627-3399 Open until Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m
(English, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese)
The Tochigi International Associatio is also sending emails to about 3,000 foreigners registered on their mailing list, offering information such as where to dispose of damaged items.

Saitama Information & Support: 048-833-3296
(English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese)

Gunma Prefecture: 027-289-8275
(Chinese, Vietnamese, English, Spanish and Portuguese)

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Citizens and Cultural Affairs
(They offer consultations on certification of damage, information on how and where to dispose of damaged items and contact information for local municipalities.)
English: 03-5320-7744 (Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m)
Chinese service: 03-5320-7766 (Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m)
Korean service: 03-5320-7700 (Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m)

The Shizuoka Assistance Center for Foreign Residents: 054-204-2000
(Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, English, and Korean)

The Iwate Support Center for Foreign Residents :019-654-8900
(English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese)

The Foreign Resident Consultation Center of Niigata: 025-241-1881
(English, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese)

Information for non-speakers of Japanese

The National Tourism Organization is operating telephone hotlines around the clock in English, Chinese and Korean. The number is 050-3816-2787.

Below are useful links for visitors and residents from abroad.

Japan National Tourism Organization


The following websites publish local information. (Some sites may offer a language choice.)


This is a footage taken in Shibuya at a construction site of a condominium. A crane at the highest floor was broken, and it’s hanging.

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Flooding in the Tokyo suburb of Hachioji has overwhelmed the drainage system, causing it to gush out onto the street.

Sat. 06:00 p.m. (00:23)

The popular sightseeing areas of Hakone and Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture are hit by powerful winds and strong waves as the typhoon approaches.

Sat. 05:00 p.m. (01:08)

Waves pummel the shoreline in Chiba Prefecture, and rivers overflow their banks in Kanagawa and Mie prefectures.

Sat. 03:20 p.m. (01:23)

The storm is already battering Chiba Prefecture.

Sat. 12:00 p.m. (01:12)

5-Level Warning System

The Japan Meteorological Agency uses a five-level disaster warning scale for floods and landslides. Each number has a corresponding set of instructions. For example, level 4 means all residents must evacuate. Click below for details.