Clean-up begins after devastating Typhoon Hagibis in Japan

The big clean-up job has begun in Japan in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis. 

In Ichihara, one of the worst-hit areas, a pocket of homes was entirely destroyed and now residents are returning to assess the damage and salvage what they can.  

It was a devastating sight as residents returned to retrieve what few possessions were left in the aftermath of the typhoon. 

One man told Newshub his relatives were injured when Hagibis unleashed a ferocious tornado on their street. 

The power of the damaging winds was obvious - a digger was tossed in the river like a toy and dozens of vehicles were thrown around and smashed.

It was in Ichihara that Typhoon Hagbis claimed its first life - a man who was driving in his car when the strong winds flipped it over. 

But it is remarkable that no one else was killed in the area, considering how many homes have been entirely destroyed. 

The destruction is widespread

The storm made landfall early on Saturday and chewed its way up the east coast of the main island, Honshu, as the strongest typhoon in 60 years, before weakening to become a severe tropical storm and heading away into the North Pacific. 

Across Japan, tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers were sent to save stranded residents. 

Around three million people were ordered to leave their homes, fearing they'd be in harm's way, and now thousands are sheltering in evacuation centres

When Canada's Rugby World Cup match against Namibia was cancelled, the team responded by pitching in, helping clean up some of the worst-hit areas.

"[It's a] free afternoon, [we are] obviously disappointed not playing the game, but happy to help - these people have been amazing for us, so it's the least we can do," said Canadian rugby player Josh Larsen.


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