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Foreign Minister sends message of sympathy to Japan

Nafaahath Ibrahim
13 October 2019, MVT 13:21
Flooded vehicles are seen in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Kawasaki on October 13, 2019. - Japan's military scrambled October 13 to rescue people trapped by flooding in the aftermath of powerful Typhoon Hagibis, which killed at least four people, caused landslides and burst rivers. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)
Nafaahath Ibrahim
13 October 2019, MVT 13:21

Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid on Saturday sent a message of sympathy to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Toshimitsu Motegi, following the devastation caused by typhoon Hagibis.

In his message, Minister Shahid expressed grief at the losses suffered by the Japanese people.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of lives and devastation caused due to Typhoon Hagibis today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Government and the people of Japan during this catastrophic calamity."

Furthermore, he extended heartfelt condolences and sympathies on behalf of the government, people of Maldives and himself to the bereaved and affected families.

According to BBC, typhoon Hagibis made landfall on Saturday shortly before 1900 local time (1000 GMT) in Izu Peninsula, south-west of Tokyo and moved up the east coast. Following this, almost half a million homes were left without power.

Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued an "Emergency Weather Warning (Level 5) and called for the public to remain vigilant for rain and gusts of wind. The Emergency Warning was issued to towns and cities in 12 different prefectures.

Japanese authorities have confirmed that the hurricane has killed at least 10 people and injured over 140. Additionally, nine were reported missing as per Japan's Fire Disaster and Management Agency.

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