One month since extensive damage from typhoon
NHK -- Nov 12
One month has passed since record rain brought by a strong typhoon caused extensive damage in much of Japan.

More hectares were flooded than in the torrential rain that hit western Japan last year, and more landslides were triggered than by any previous storm.

The land and infrastructure ministry issued an update of the damage caused by Typhoon Hagibis as of Monday. Levees collapsed at 140 locations along 71 rivers in 7 prefectures and 298 rivers overflowed in 16 prefectures in eastern and northern Japan.

At least 25,000 hectares were flooded.

The ministry has confirmed 884 cases of damage caused by landslides and mud flows in 20 prefectures. That's the largest number since record-taking began in 1982.

Many small rivers whose levees collapsed had not been included on hazard maps. And some sites of landslides had not been designated as disaster alert zones.

It has been pointed out that climate change could cause more frequent damage by torrential rain across a wider area.

The ministry plans to review disaster prevention policy, while re-examining current measures relating to physical infrastructure and verifying the latest damage.

台風19号の直撃から12日で1カ月となるが、宮城県丸森町では泥の山や流木が残されたままの状態となっている。ボランティアセンターには500件以上の依頼が殺到しているが、半分ほどしか完了していないという。丸森町では現在、3人の職員で災害廃棄物の処理を担当していて、一日も早い復興のためのノウハウが必要とされている。そこで、11日に熊本市の職員が町に派遣された。熊本地震の経験を生かし、処理計画や分別などの支援にあたるという。千曲川の決壊で一時、57人の患者が孤立した長野市の医療福祉施設では、11日から外来診療が一部再開した。ただ、初診と入院患者については、受け入れのめどが立っていない。福島県いわき市では、夏井川の決壊で天井まで水に浸かり、休園を余儀なくされた保育園では、2歳児までの教室が再開し、にぎやかな声が戻ってきた。
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