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Storm-hit Regions in Japan brace for heavy rains, 60,000 advised to Flee

A broad swath of eastern Japan struck by flood and landslides from Typhoon Hagibis fourteen days past braced for more heavy rains on Friday, together with evacuation advisories issued for tens of thousands of individuals in regions surrounding Tokyo.

Almost a dozen are still lost and over 300 were injured.

Authorities warned of this prospect of additional landslides and flooding, particularly in regions struck by levee breaks that have to be mended even provisionally.

An evacuation advisory was issued for 50,000 individuals in Sagamihara, a town southwest of Tokyo which has been hit hard by flooding following the typhoon. Six Sagamihara inhabitants were murdered because storms, such as a household sailed off in their vehicle, and two remain missing.

Evacuation advisories were issued for a few 10,000 in Chiba prefecture, just east of Tokyo, that was ravaged by heavy winds from Typhoon Faxai in September that left a few areas without electricity for months before being struck by rains from Hagibis.

The rain was expected to pound the Tokyo region until the day and then proceed north. Total rain in the region around Tokyo was anticipated to vary from 200 to 300 mm (8-12 inches) by day, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Tropical storm Bualoi, which battered the Ogasawara islands south of the key Japanese archipelago on Thursday while still at typhoon strength, was led out to the Pacific and expected to weaken into a tropical depression later on Friday.