Nagano, Oct. 15 (BNA): The toll of death and destruction from a massive typhoon that tore through central and northern Japan continued to climb Tuesday, as the government said it was considering approving a special budget for the ongoing disaster response and eventual reconstruction.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary session that the number of deaths tied to Typhoon Hagibis had climbed to 53 and was expected to rise, as at least another nine people are presumed dead.
Lawmakers prayed in silence for the victims before starting the session, according to The Associated Press (AP)
Abe pledged to do the utmost for the safety and rescue of those missing or those who had to evacuate.
"We put the peopleâ€ s live first," he said.
Hagibis hit Japanâ€ s main island on Saturday, unleashing strong winds and dumping historic rainfall that caused more than 200 rivers in central and northern Japan to overflow, leaving thousands of homes flooded, damaged or without power. Rescue crews on Tuesday were still searching for those missing, thought to number about 20.
BNA 0557 GMT 2019/10/15