At least 26 people were killed when Typhoon Hagibis swept over Japan, national media reported, with more than a dozen others still missing on October 13 as search and rescue efforts got underway.
The typhoon brought “record-setting heavy rains and windstorms causing flooding and landslides” in some areas, authorities said.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued special heavy rain warnings in the five prefectures of Ibaraki, Tochigi, Niigata, Fukushima and Miyagi. Warnings were also issued for Tokyo and the central and eastern prefectures of Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Saitama, Gunma, Yamanashi and Nagano.
Some areas saw rainfall up to 40 percent of annual averages, NHK reported.
This video shows rescue teams wading through flooding in Koriyama, in Fukushima Prefecture, on October 13. Credit: @nyaleomyu via Storyful