Prime Minister Abe inspects an area in Fukushima prefecture hit by Typhoon Hagibis last week [Jiji Press via AFP]

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday visited the towns devasted by the deadly Typhoon Hagibis to meet residents to assess damage and their needs.

Rescue and relief efforts for stranded or missing people in flooded mountain villages continued on Thursday, as the death toll climbed.

NHK television counted 77 killed and nine still missing, while the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 65 were pronounced dead.

Reports say that as of Thursday, more than 105,000 households still have no water, while thousands of homes have no electricity.

Japan typhoon death toll climbs as hopes for missing fade

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