It's been a week since Typhoon Hagibis tore across Japan. Rescue officials continue to search for 11 people who are still missing. The death toll currently stands at 80.Recovery efforts are ongoing, but many people are still struggling to cope with the devastation.
Abe visits flooded areas in Nagano Prefecture
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited Nagano Prefecture in central Japan to see areas that were flooded by a powerful typhoon. Abe boarded a helicopter on Sunday to view communities that were inundated when a levee on the Chikuma River broke a week ago.
He visited a district where two people died due to the flooding and observed a moment of silence. Abe received a briefing on the disaster from the prefecture's governor.
Abe orders support package for typhoon victims
Prime Minister Abe has instructed his cabinet to compile a support package for people affected by Typhoon Hagibis.
Abe told cabinet members on Sunday to use this fiscal year's reserve fund of about 500 billion yen, or roughly 4.6 billion dollars, for the package.
Abe said the floods have ruined agricultural crops and damaged shops, factories, machinery and homes. He said the damage is so extensive that many farmers, forestry and fishery workers and small-firm owners could lose the willpower to rebuild their businesses.
The prime minister said the government must act immediately to help people reconstruct their lives and livelihoods.
Hagibis damage to agriculture reaches 57 bil. yen
The Japanese government says Typhoon Hagibis' damage to farming, forestry and fisheries has reached 57 billion yen, or about 527 million dollars.
Officials at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries say the total covers damage reported as of noon on Saturday in 35 prefectures.
Damage to agricultural facilities, such as warehouses and drains, amounted to about 224 million dollars. The figure for rice, apples, and other farm produce was around 57 million dollars. Landslides that destroyed forest roads caused about 95 million dollars' worth of damage.
But the figure is not known for several prefectures where the typhoon caused flooding of rivers.
The ministry says the typhoon damaged apple orchards and rice paddies in Nagano that were flooded when the Chikuma River overflowed its banks. Rice fields near the Naka River in Ibaraki Prefecture are reported to have sustained substantial damage. Rice farmers around the Abukuma River in Fukushima Prefecture had harvested only about half of their crop before Hagibis caused the river to flow over its embankments. The total damage is expected to rise.
Japan's land ministry says Typhoon Hagibis caused the collapse of levees at 135 locations on 71 rivers in seven prefectures. Meteorological officials say as much as 40 percent of the yearly rainfall was recorded in only a day or two in many areas.
Evacuees Wait to Return Home
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More than 52,000 homes flooded
NHK has learned that more than 52,400 homes were flooded as Typhoon Hagibis swept across Japan. More than 4,100 houses were destroyed or partially damaged.
Over 4,000 still in shelters
Japan's Cabinet Office said 4,077 people across 11 prefectures were still in evacuation facilities after Typhoon Hagibis battered the country.
Hokuriku Shinkansen recovery may take 1 to 2 weeks
The operator of the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train says it will be one or two weeks before operations along its entire route are restored due to disruptions caused by Typhoon Hagibis over the weekend.
The Hokuriku Shinkansen connects Tokyo with the central Japanese city of Kanazawa, via Nagano. East Japan Railways says service remains suspended on Tuesday between Nagano and Joetsumyoko, two stations to the north.
The typhoon also flooded a bullet train depot in Nagano City, damaging 120 cars -- about a third of all the line's cars. The operator says because of a shortage of cars, the Hokuriku Shinkansen will only be able to operate at 50 to 60 percent capacity, even after service is resumed for the entire line between Tokyo and Kanazawa.
The center is located on the west side of the Chikuma River, which overflowed after Typhoon Hagibis hit the area on Saturday.
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.
The Fukushima International Association: 024-524-1316
(English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, 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.
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.