'It freaked us out' says mum stuck in Japan following typhoon and earthquake drama
PUBLISHED: 09:46 13 October 2019 | UPDATED: 14:00 13 October 2019
A family stuck in Japan after visiting for the rugby world cup have this morning spoken of the devastation caused by Typhoon Hagibis.
Hazel Sellers, who lives on the Shotley peninsula and works in Ipswich for Archant Suffolk, said in the wake of the drama: "It was scary but knew we were safe as we were up on a hill and had metal shutters. We went into lock down for the whole day and night."
She is out in Japan with husband Toby, and sons Ollie, Harvey and Rory.
Although the typhoon did not have a major impact on the family, Hazel said the magnitude 5.3 earthquake that hit the same day did.
"Earthquakes are normal but it freaked us out, as we rocked for a few seconds. From my part, it was scary but thankfully we are fine thanks to where we were.
"But we are now stuck at the airport as flights have been cancelled - the next ones are tomorrow so we will miss our connecting flight from Vietnam.
"It is all a bit horrible to be honest."
The deadly combination of the earthquake and the typhoon has already claimed 19 lives in the country, while 16 people have been reported missing. Among the reported deaths are those buried in landslides and people swept away by raging rivers.
Winds of up to 140mph battered the area south of Tokyo after making landfall yesterday.
This morning, Hazel has woken up to see that behind the dawn of a new day is a country in crisis.
She said: "Now it is morning, and we have beautiful sunshine.
"However, 1.5million people in Japan live under sea level and their homes hadn't even recovered from the last typhoon. And then you can throw in the middle of this an earthquake which we did feel but only lasted for a few seconds."
Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the typhoon has caused "immense damage" and that the government has deployed 27,000 troops to aid in rescue operations.
Some 376,000 homes have been without electricity, with 14,000 also having lacked running water.