Student voice 1 Nov 2019

Typhoon Hagibis

By Nao A, grade 7
Photograph by CIS Communications

On October 12 and 13, Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan and affected it widely in many areas. This typhoon included heavy rainfall, which caused rivers to overflow and flood many houses. Many people had to clear out their homes so that resulted in massive amounts of waste.  

Many farms were also flooded and this caused damage to crops like apples, amounting to ¥11.88 billion. As a result of the shortage, supermarkets increased the prices of fruits and vegetables. 

Most unfortunately, this typhoon caused more than 80 deaths. In the future, I believe that Japan should have a better system to evacuate all of the residents safely before it is too late. Many of the deaths were due to people trying to evacuate and got caught up in the floods instead. I think this happened because people didn’t expect it to be so serious. 

Although the aftermath of the typhoon has now been cleaned up, the damage caused is still lingering. For example, the powerful storm paralyzed Hakone’s mountain railway system and cut off hot spring water from many hotels and inns. In fact, it’s not known when the Hakone Tozan train from Hakone-Yumoto to Gora will be operable. 

We in Japan hope that such typhoons will not strike the country again as this one caused so much damage to life and property.