TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the damage from Typhoon Habigis in Japan (all times local):
Japan’s chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga says Typhoon Hagibis has left seven dead and 15 missing.
He says damage to housing from the flooding is extensive but promised recovery is on its way. Some 376,000 homes are without electricity, and 14,000 homes lack running water.
Boats as well as helicopters are being deployed to the flooded areas, while rescue crew are digging through dirt in other areas to try to get people out from homes buried by landslides.
Rescue efforts for people stranded in flooded areas are in full force after a powerful typhoon dashed heavy rainfall and winds through a widespread area of Japan, including Tokyo.
Typhoon Hagibis made landfall south of Tokyo Saturday and moved northward.
Public broadcaster NHK TV reported Sunday the typhoon had left three people dead, one person in cardiac arrest, 17 missing and 80 injured.
News footage showed a rescue helicopter hovering in a flooded area in Nagano Prefecture, after an embankment of the Chikuma River broke, plucking people from the second floor of a home submerged in muddy waters.
Several other rivers had also overflowed, including Tama River near Tokyo, according to NHK.
Authorities warned that the risk of mudslides remained.
1 person killed, 18 sent to hospital after Hard Rock Hotel partially collapses at construction site
At least one person was killed and several others injured after a Hard Rock Hotel that was under construction partially collapsed in New Orleans, officials said.
Eighteen people were transported to local hospitals and three were still missing, New Orleans Fire Chief Timothy McConnell said at a press conference Saturday.
EMS Director Emily Nichols said the victims taken to the hospital were „all stable at this time.” It was not clear if the people unaccounted for were trapped or left the scene.
The collapse happened around 9:12 a.m. local time at Canal and North Rampart Streets, McConnell said.
McConnell urged the public to avoid the area and said another collapse was „absolutely” possible because of how unstable the building is.
He called the situation „very dangerous” since the crane, which weighs tons, is not supported.
Dramatic video of the incident showed parts of the building crashing into the street as debris billowed into the air.
It was not clear what caused the collapse, which affected the sixth to eighth floors.
Police did not identify the deceased person, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Surrounding buildings, including condominiums, were being evacuated. Nearby streets were closed to vehicles, according to NOLA Ready, the city’s emergency preparedness center.
It broke out after 9 p.m. Thursday along the 210 Freeway and jumped the highway. Flames also crossed the 5 Freeway. The highways were closed because of heavy smoke. Authorities have ordered mandatory evacuations in the Granada Hills, Porter Ranch and Oakridge Estates neighborhoods.
Several homes were seen burning in Granada Hills, and the LA fire department said an „unknown number” of homes were potentially threatened.There were no reports of injuries.
The blaze comes as hot, dry winds are raising concerns that the region’s largest utility could widen power shutoffs to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires. Hot, dry winds sweeping into Southern California raised concerns that the region’s largest utility could widen power shutoffs Friday to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires.Southern California Edison turned off electricity to about 20,000 people but warned that thousands more could lose service as Santa Ana winds gained strength.Meanwhile Winds gusted dangerously as forecast in Northern California before weather conditions eased and the lights started to come back on. Planned blackouts affected millions and Pacific Gas & Electric faced hostility and second-guessing for its widespread shutoffs.Over 500,000 PG&E customers were still waiting for power to come back on as of Thursday night. (AP)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.