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Typhoon Hagibis: Satellites show Japan rivers in flood

Flooded Kawagoe Kings Garden nursing home besides the Oppegawa river in Kawagoe Image copyright AFP

The biggest typhoon to hit Japan in decades has left a trail of destruction in its wake. More than 40 people died as a result of Typhoon Hagibis and hundreds have been rescued after being stranded by flooded rivers and landslides.

Satellite images show how the river Naka in Hinuma burst its banks, flooding nearby homes.

Interactive See the extent of flooding on the Naka River near Kawagoe

After typhoon

Satellite image of Naka River after Typhoon Hagibis

Before typhoon

Satellite image of Naka River before Typhoon Hagibis

The typhoon battered eight prefectures across Japan, with wind speeds of up to 225km/h (140mph).

Akigase Park, on the Arakawa River flood plain near Saitama City, was submerged after the typhoon.

Interactive See the extent of flooding on the Arakawa River north of Tokyo

After typhoon

Satellite image of Arakawa River after Typhoon Hagibis

Before typhoon

Satellite image of Arakawa River before Typhoon Hagibis

Industrial areas in Yoshinodai, near Kawagoe, were protected by flood defences as water levels rose along the Iruma River.

Interactive See the extent of flooding on the Iruma River north of Kawagoe

After typhoon

Satellite image of Iruma River north of Kawagoe after Typhoon Hagibis

Before typhoon

Satellite image of Iruma River north of Kawagoe before Typhoon Hagibis

Thousands of police officers, fire fighters, coastguards and military personnel are taking part in search and rescue operations to find people trapped by flooding and landslides.