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For any copyright, please send me a message. Super Typhoon Hagibis killed one person and injured 60 people after making landfall in Japan today , as seven million residents were urged to evacuate their homes. The Category 4 storm bore down on the Japanese capital on Saturday bringing with it the heaviest rain and winds seen since 1958. Typhoon Hagibis resulted a record-breaking deluge in many areas, bursting some river banks and threatening to flood low-lying Tokyo. The popular hot spring resort town of Hakone has already seen a whopping 939.5 mm (37 inches) of rain over 24 hours. Emergency preparations have triggered a mass evacuation and flight cancellations, fears of casualties and widespread damage, and chaos for the Rugby World Cup and Formula One organisers. “Damage from floods and landslides is likely taking place already,” an agency official told a news conference carried by public broadcaster NHK. “It is critical that people take action urgently to protect their lives and the lives of loved ones.” Many people in and around Tokyo took shelter in temporary evacuation facilities earlier on Saturday before the worst arrived. Yuka Ikemura, a 24-year-old nursery school teacher, was in one such facility at a community centre in Edogawa in eastern Tokyo with her 3-year-old son, 8-month-old daughter and their pet rabbit. She said she decided to move before it was too late. “I’ve got small children to take care of and we live on the first floor of an old apartment,” Ikemura said. “We brought with us the bare necessities. I’m scared to think about when we will have run out diapers and milk,” she said. Tokyo’s Haneda airport and Narita airport in Chiba both stopped flights from landing and connecting trains were suspended, forcing the cancellation of more than a thousand flights, according to Japanese media. Kanagawa prefecture officials said they would release water from the Shiroyama dam, southwest of Tokyo, and alerted residents in areas along nearby rivers. Heavy winds have already caused damage, particularly in Chiba east of Tokyo, where one of the strongest typhoons to hit Japan in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses a month ago. A man in his forties was killed in an overturned car in the prefecture early on Saturday, while five people were injured as winds blew roofs off several houses. Several people were missing in a town near Tokyo after a landslide destroyed two houses, NHK said. A number of municipal governments issued evacuation orders to areas particularly at risk of floods and landslides, including some in the most populous Tokyo region. Experts warned that Tokyo, while long conditioned to prepare for earthquakes, was vulnerable to flooding. Tokyo, where 1.5 m
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