TOKYO — Japan woke Sunday morning to flooded rivers and burst levees, as emergency workers employed helicopters and boats to rescue stranded residents from their homes in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis, the largest storm to hit the country in decades.
Rain began falling Saturday and continued through Sunday morning, testing dams, pulling down hillsides, destroying roads and bridges, and driving rivers over their banks. Anticipating massive damage, authorities urged nearly 6 million people to evacuate.
Rescue services jumped into action early in the morning, with helicopters plucking stranded people from balconies and roofs. As of Sunday morning the death toll stood at 10, with 16 people missing and nearly 100 injuries reported, according to public broadcaster NHK. Fatalities were expected to mount as swollen rivers rushed through flooded neighborhoods.
More than 370,000 households were without power and at least 15,000 homes were without water, Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary told reporters, adding that the country was taking every measure to recover.