Saturday, 12 October 2019 11:49

Typhoon Hagibis the strongest storm to hit Japan in decades, has begun reaping devastation along the Pacific coast of the country’s main island, with residents in the most vulnerable areas taking shelter in evacuation centres amid rising flood levels and violent winds which have left one man dead.

As of Saturday afternoon, 5.16 million evacuation advisories had been ordered up and down Honshu’s south coast, while buildings in the Kansai region, home to cities such as Osaka and Kyoto, have been left damaged by floodwaters.

The first fatality of Typhoon Hagibis was reported on Saturday morning. According to NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, a man from Ichihara, a city in Chiba Prefecture, was killed when his vehicle was flipped over. The man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

As of Saturday afternoon, the typhoon was considered the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane under the five step Saffir-Simpson scale used in the United States.

Meanwhile two rugby matches set to play at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama and Toyota Stadium were cancelled for the first time in the Rugby World Cup history. The storm also forced the first ever all day closure of Tokyo's Disneyland and DisneySea theme parks, disrupted the Suzuka Grand Prix and grounded more than 1600 flights.