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In Pictures: Typhoon Hagibis Is Japan's Worst Storm In Decades

One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit Japan has left at least 35 people dead and many missing as pictures of the storm's aftermath show Hagibis' trail of destruction.

More than 170 people have been injured since the typhoon unleashed its wrath in the form of heavy rains, flooding and powerful winds.

An elderly woman was rescued by Japanese Self-Defence Forces soldiers. Image: Reuters.

Tragically, a woman in her 70s was killed after she was dropped by emergency workers as they attempted to lift her to safety.

It's understood the woman was not strapped to rescue rope properly and fell to her death.

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Hagibis smashed into the Izu Peninsula on Saturday and tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers have been working to help displaced residents since.

An upturned car lies next to a destroyed house after being hit by a tornado shortly before the arrival of Hagibis in Chiba, Japan. Image: Getty Images.
Buildings in ruins after they were hit in Chiba, Japan. Image: Getty Images.
A damaged train bridge over the swollen Chikuma river in the aftermath of Hagibis in Ueda, Nagano. Image: Getty Images.

More than 20 rivers in central and eastern Japan burst their banks, leaving about 1000 homes flooded.

More than 230,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm and as many as 27,000 Self-Defense Forces have been deployed to assist with the rescue efforts.

Residents are rescued by Japanese Defence-Force soldiers in Kakuda. Image: Reuters.
Women rescued from a flooded area in the aftermath of Hagibis. Image: Reuters.
A man carrying his pet dog evacuates from a flooded area. Image: Reuters.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday that the government will scale-up rescue operations if the situation requires it.

"We are to enhance the scale of operation depending on necessity," he said.

The prime minister has also dispatched a special government force to manage the disaster, and with it, a designated minister who will travel to the worst affected areas.

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An aerial view shows a flooded area beside the Abukuma River. Image Getty Images.
Rescue personnel evacuate an elderly woman from a nursing home. Image: Getty Images.

"I extend my condolences for all those who lost their lives and offer my sympathy to all those impacted by the typhoon," Abe said.

"The government will do everything in its power to cooperate with relevant agencies and operators working to restore services as soon as possible," the prime minister added.

More than 200,000 homes were without power on Sunday, according to Japanese media.

While as many as eight million people were ordered to evacuate at one point, many chose to stay in their homes.

A flooded bullet train rail yard in Nagano. Image: Getty Images.
Rescue helicopters have been winching stranded residents to safety. Image: AAP

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au