Photo/IllutrationFollowing incessant rain, residents place tarps on the roof of a house in Kyonan, Chiba Prefecture, on Sept. 16. (Kazutaka Eguchi)

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One person died and dozens were injured in falls while trying to cover rooftops damaged in a typhoon that ravaged Chiba Prefecture last week.

As the area continues to reel from the disaster, authorities are urging residents to avoid doing such repair work themselves.

Typhoon No. 15 struck the Kanto region Sept. 9, causing damage to thousands of homes and widespread blackouts.

At least 35 fall incidents across 15 municipalities, all involving efforts to repair damaged roofs or cover rooftops with tarps to prevent rainwater from leaking in, were reported as of the morning of Sept. 16, according to prefectural police and fire departments and other sources.

In one case on the day after the typhoon, a 61-year-old man in Kimitsu was climbing a ladder to the roof of his home to cover it with tarps when he fell to the ground and died, police said.

In another incident, a 51-year-old man in Midori Ward of Chiba city was attempting to cover his rooftop with tarps on Sept. 15 when part of it collapsed. The man fell 3 meters to the ground and was transported to the hospital with cracked ribs and hip bones.

The prefectural government urged the public to have professionals do such work, instead of trying to do it themselves. For those who have no such alternative, it urged taking safety measures, such as wearing protective helmets and having multiple people involved in the task.

At least 2,787 homes in the prefecture were damaged by the typhoon, according to data released by the prefectural government on Sept. 16. The number increased by more than 1,000 from the previous day, as more detailed reports from Futtsu and Minami-Boso came in.

As the data did not cover 13 municipalities such as Tateyama and Kyonan, the government expects the number to further increase.

As of 11 a.m. on Sept. 17, about 10,000 households lacked water supplies. Blackouts continued for about 64,000 households.

To make matters worse, heavy rain started from the evening of Sept. 15 in the southern parts of Boso Peninsula, one of the areas hit hardest by the typhoon.

In Tateyama, a total of 135.5 millimeters of rain was recorded over 24 hours until 5 p.m. the following day.

The Self-Defense Forces dispatched about 3,000 personnel to deal with fallen trees and landslides in order to restore electricity, with a further 7,000 ready to be dispatched.

(This article was written by Yuta Ogi, Susumu Imaizumi, Akiko Tada, Daiki Koga and Yoshitaka Ito.)