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Typhoon Hagibis: Fijian Embassy Confirms Fijian Nationals In Japan Safe

The Embassy was able to make contact with our Fiji nationals throughout Japan and received confirmation of their safety status.
15 Oct 2019 13:26
Typhoon Hagibis: Fijian Embassy Confirms Fijian Nationals In Japan Safe

Typhoon Hagibis, the most powerful typhoon in decades to be on course to hit Tokyo raked through Japan’s main island of Honshu on Saturday, 12th and early Sunday, 13 th October 2019, packing winds of up to 144 kph at landfall, killing 35, 17 unaccounted for, and 166 people injured 1.

Typhoon Hagibis, the 19th named storm of the season, has strengthened to a Category 5 storm, affecting cities and towns across the country, including in Nagano, Niigata, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Tokyo, Chiba and Saitama prefectures — were inundated by floodwaters after levees failed in the face of record rainfall, forcing many to seek evacuations.

The damage could worsen in the coming days as the water levels may rise along flooded rivers.

Also, a Magnitude 5.7 Earthquake hit the Kanto region around 6:22 pm on Saturday, 12th October, recording a 4 on Japan’s quake intensity scale of 7 in southern Chiba Prefecture and 3 in the 23 wards of central Tokyo 2 .

The earthquake came as Typhoon Hagibis was set to make landfall further west in the Kanto region.

No tsunami warning was issued.

Fiji Nationals
On Sunday, 13 October 2019, at 12.22 pm Tokyo time, the Embassy was able to make contact with our Fiji nationals throughout Japan and received confirmation of their safety status.

The Embassy further contacted Fiji`s Honorary Consulate Offices throughout Japan, who all confirmed that there was no particular call from Japanese Government agencies regarding affected Fiji nationals.

The Embassy also manages the “Fiji Community Group” via Fiji Embassy Tokyo Facebook page as a mean of receiving the latest update from our nationals.

The Embassy will continue to contact as many Fiji nationals throughout Japan whose contacts are available to us now, and further, keep a close monitor with Japanese agencies on the above.

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