Death toll in Super Typhoon Hagibis mounts to 44

(VOVWORLD) - Typhoon Hagibis, which swept across central and eastern Japan on Saturday and Sunday, has claimed 44 lives.  

Another 14 people are listed as missing and more than 100 others were injured during the weekend storm. The numbers are expected to rise as search and rescue continues in flood and landslide areas of Nagano and neighboring prefectures.

Japan’s Self Defense Forces (SDF) have deployed 27,000 troops to stricken areas.  At a meeting of the Japanese Cabinet with the heads of the disaster response agency, Prime Minister Abe said the lives of the people must come first and every effort must be made to save the people in flooded areas and to search for the missing. According to the Prime Minister, 110,000 police officers, firefighters, and coast guard and SDF personnel are involved in the search and rescue operations. He warned citizens to be aware of landslides and rising water.