Rescuers in Japan were working around the clock Tuesday, October 15, in a desperate search for survivors after a powerful weekend typhoon.
READ MORE: The toll of death and destruction from Typhoon Hagibis that tore through central and northern Japan climbed Tuesday, as the government said it was considering approving a special budget for the disaster response and eventual reconstruction.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary session that the number of deaths tied to the typhoon had climbed to 53 and was expected to rise, as at least another nine people are presumed dead. Kyodo News agency, citing its own tally, put the death toll at 69.
Abe pledged to do the utmost for the safety and rescue of those missing or those who had to evacuate.
Hagibis hit Japan's main island on Saturday with strong winds and historic rainfall that caused more than 200 rivers to overflow, leaving thousands of homes flooded, damaged or without power. (AP)