The typhoon in Japan has started to rack up casualties, including a woman died in the midst of an attempted rescue.
Typhoon Hagibis has now claimed at least 19 lives, including one fatality that resulted from a horrific helicopter accident, according to the New York Post.
Even though the typhoon has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, the aftermath has been devastating. Through Sunday, authorities stated that at least 19 people had been killed and another dozen were reported missing.
One man reportedly died when his car was overturned by the high winds. Another fell victim after his car was washed away while he was still inside it.
Authorities are cautioning everyone to stay alert, as mudslides are still very likely and a home could literally be buried in a matter of minutes.
Failed Rescue Attempt
The woman who was killed during a rescue attempt was sadly a victim of a freak accident involving very bad timing. After being rescued, she was being transported by helicopter.
Reports indicate that the victim, who was in her 70s, somehow fell out of the chopper when it was more than 100 feet off the ground.
Rescue workers tried to save the woman a second time, but even with lifesaving efforts and transportation to a local hospital, she was pronounced dead.
Sadly, this very scene may play out over and over again in coming days. According to local reports, more than a dozen rivers have been flooded with more reports of the rail system being completely underwater.
More than 6 million people have been evacuated, and that number may rise significantly in coming days as the flooding gets worse.
As is always the case in storms such as this, the storm itself is only a small part of the equation, as the lingering effects of the storm often cause far more damage. In fact, authorities are comparing the damage of this storm to one that happened in 1958, in which roughly 500,000 homes were destroyed and more than 1,000 people lost their lives.
It’s certainly a sad state in Japan this week.