13 October 2019 08:58
Standing on top of the wreckage, all seven of the Yarita family shifted heavy wood or pulled out their possessions from the debris. Yesterday, this was a house, and they had taken shelter inside from the coming storm. But they were lying in the path of a tornado, part of the huge weather system of Typhoon Hagibis. It ripped through their village. Image: Kazumi Yarita and her family survived the typhoon.
Pic: Petemilnes Image: People clear mud from their homes in the Japanese city of Kawasaki "After that, the power went," Kazumi Yarita, the mother, told me. "Then I heard a loud bang. And I thought, the house is probably collapsing. Advertisement "We were buried under all the things. "My husband and my mum got out by themselves. And I was helped by my husband. And the other four of us were helped by firefighters." Image: Some residents needed to be rescued from the rising water. The typhoon has passed and today there were clear blue skies over Nagayoshi, in Chiba, east of Tokyo. It's a relief: there's less danger of rain and wind damage, or landslides. And it means the recovery operation has already been able to begin. But the scene is devastating. The Yarita house has simply been flattened. Elsewhere in the village cars and even a digger were simply swatted away by the tornado. One person lost his life when the wind flung a car over. Image: The Chikuma river was among those that burst their banks. Many residents were inside a small, beautiful shrine holding a ceremony when the tornado hit. It was battered too but is more or less unscathed. Everyone inside was unharmed. Teams of men, working diligently, are helping the villagers with the heavier damage. They are quietly and efficiently putting things back together. It might be a entire change of season, to compare it with yesterday. Image: Schoolchildren joined the recovery effort in Marumori, Miyagi prefecture. Pic: Kyodo In central Tokyo the rain came down all day long, as the typhoon delayed its arrival. At around 9pm it was on top of us, and the wind and rain were extraordinary. It was easy to see why forecasters had warned it could be the worst storm to hit Japan in more than 60 years - and why everyone had taken such precautions. Still, at least 10 people died and more are still missing. Japan is already on the way to recovery - the rugby match between Scotland and the host nation will take place later today. That was already an important game, especially for the Scottish. But it will have an added pull, now that Japan has come through some of the worst that nature could throw at it.