Rescue workers in Japan worked around the clock on Tuesday in an increasingly desperate search for survivors of a strong weekend typhoon that killed almost 70 people and caused widespread destruction.
On Saturday night, Hagibis crashed into Japan, unleashing powerful winds and intense rain that triggered landslides and burst their banks with hundreds of rivers.
Local media placed the toll at nearly 70 on Tuesday afternoon, with around a dozen people missing. The count of the government was lower, but it said the data was still being updated.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said there was no intention to slow down rescue operations, involving nearly 110,000 police, coast guards, firefighters and military forces.
The office of the Prime Minister said that in the aftermath of the disaster, which affected 36 of the 47 prefectures in the state, more than 3,000 people were rescued.
In addition to active duty soldiers, the Department of Defense has called up several hundred reserve personnel for the first time since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Government officials warned that in several parts of the country affected by the typhoon, more rain was forecast all day on Tuesday.
Hagibis crashed up to 216 kilometers (134 miles) per hour into land carrying gusts, but it was the heavy rain of the storm which did the most damage.
At least 176 rivers burst into their banks, including in central Nagano, where a levee breach sent water from the Chikuma River into residential neighborhoods and submerged bullet trains to their windows in a depot.
Deaths have been recorded in many prefectures, including a man whose apartment was flooded, a municipal worker whose car was trapped in rising waters, and at least seven crew aboard a cargo ship that sank on Saturday night in Tokyo Bay.
About 34,000 households were still without electricity by Tuesday morning, and 133,000 households were without water.
Tens of thousands of people remained in government shelters on Monday night, with many unsure when they could return home.
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