Today, thousands of military personnel and first responders remain in search and rescue mode in the wake of torrential rains that caused 20 rivers to burst their banks. Even as the casualty rate climbs, Asian Access’ Robert Adair says the scope of long-term damage means this is just the beginning. “The storm came in just south of Tokyo, kind of in Chiba and that region, and then came across Japan up through Tohoku, which is the area that was hit by the disaster back in March of 2011.“
He added, “There [are] multiple regions where rivers overflowed, and there’s local flooding–I saw somewhere was up over the first floor of some houses. Particularly up in Nagano, there’s some places where it looks like it was pretty extreme.”
Chiba, Fukushima, and Nagano Prefectures saw some of the worst damage. However, no one was left unscathed. As Adair flew into Sendai (Miyagi Prefecture) on Sunday, “I saw several rice fields flooded, roads that had water over them, from friends in the area, seeing about knee-deep water in neighborhoods and parking lots.”
Under Monday’s blue skies, the government’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 24 people were dead and nine were missing. On Saturday, a 5.7 magnitude quake struck east of Tokyo in Chiba, adding to the region’s woes. He hopes that as assessments come in, the effort won’t need to reach the scale of a significant disaster, “But there is the reality that this was a huge storm that hit over a very large, very highly populated area of Japan.”
Adair reminds us that emotional components factor into recovery, too. “Some of these areas were affected by the triple disaster. There’s another area that was also impacted by another large typhoon just a couple months ago. So there’s a ‘stacking effect’ in a couple of these areas.”
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SOURCE: Assist News