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In Kawagoe, located north of Tokyo, many residents said the storm was the worst in recent memory.
Kazuo Saito, 74, told the Associated Press he didn’t want to evacuate ahead of the storm because “this is my only home,” but woke up Sunday morning to find his town unrecognizable.
“There was a huge river flowing in front of me,” he told the AP.
The damage was especially serious in Nagano prefecture, where an embankment of the Chikuma River broke. In one area, a few vehicles in used car lots were flipped over by the waters that had gushed in, covering everything with mud.
“I have no idea how to sweep away this mud,” one resident told NHK. “It is a real problem.”
Areas in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures in northern Japan also were badly flooded.
The flooding also impacted Japan’s famed bullet trains. East Japan Railway Company said that one-third of its bullet trains used on one line had been damaged by flooding.
JR East told NHK that water from an overflowing river entered a facility in Nagano Prefecture, damaging 10 trains.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said 35,100 homes were still without electricity early Monday evening in Tokyo and nearby prefectures that the utility serves. That was down from nearly 57,000 earlier in the day.
Included among the dead were some crew members of a cargo ship that sank off the coast of Kawasaki City on Saturday as the storm made landfall. Officials told NHK the Panamanian-registered cargo ship sank amid high waves caused by Hagibis, leaving at least seven dead.
Tama River in Tokyo overflowed, but the damage was not as great in the capital as in other areas.
Much of life in Tokyo returned to normal on Monday, according to the Associated Press. People were out and about in the city, trains were running and store shelves that were left bare when people were stockpiling were replenished.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.