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Japan struggles in aftermath of deadly typhoon

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Published on October 15, 2019 - Duration: 01:25s

Japan struggles in aftermath of deadly typhoon

The death toll in the worst typhoon to hit Japan for decades climbed to 66 on Tuesday.

People are starting to return to their homes, but thousands remain without power or water.

Ryan Brooks reports.

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Japan struggles in aftermath of deadly typhoon

Japan is still picking up the pieces after a massive typhoon struck over the weekend.

The death toll on Tuesday (October 15) rose to 66, But with hundreds injured and more than a dozen still missing, that number may continue to tick up.

Fukushima Prefecture was among the worst hit.

Typhoon Hagibis left a trail of destruction there.

Levees along a key river burst.

Resident Masaharu Ishizawa says some houses were completely swept away by flood waters.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 26-YEAR-OLD RESIDENT OF FUKUSHIMA, MASAHARU ISHIZAWA, SAYING: "We've never seen damage like this before, so I personally think global warming and environmental changes has something to do with it." Around 138,000 households have no water and 24,000 are without electricity Local media reports at least 25 people in Fukushima were killed, including a mother and child swept up by floodwaters.

Most of those who died, however, were the elderly.

Parliament on Tuesday (October 15) held a moment of silence to remember the victims of the typhoon.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned of damage to the country's economy.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE SAYING: "There are concerns that the impact on (people's) daily lives and economic activities may last long." Tokyo has set aside four and a half billion dollars for disaster recovery and has vowed to find more funds if needed.

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