Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, front left, visits a shelter for people affected by Typhoon Hagibis, in Motomiya, Fukushima prefecture, Japan Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. The typhoon hit Japan on Saturday with historic rainfall that caused rivers to overflow and left thousands of homes flooded, damaged or without power. (Shohei Miyano/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting towns devasted by the deadly typhoon to meet residents to assess damage and their needs.

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

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

Reports say Abe's government, in an attempt to focus on disaster response, is considering postponing a royal parade to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement on Tuesday.

Typhoon Hagibis hit northern and central Japan last weekend with historic rainfall that caused rivers to overflow and left thousands of homes flooded, damaged or without power.

Fukushima prefecture, struck in the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, was among the hardest-hit by the typhoon.

A woman makes her way though the mud and debris from Typhoon Hagibis, with a phone hanging on the wire, front,  at Hoyasu district in Nagano, central Japan Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. The typhoon hit Japan's main island on Saturday with strong winds and historic rainfall that caused more than 200 rivers to overflow, leaving thousands of homes flooded, damaged or without power. (Koji Sengoku/Kyodo News via AP)
Japan's Self-Defense Forces' members work to remove piled driftwood at a bridge after Typhoon Hagibis hits the town in Marumori, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. The typhoon hit Japan's main island on Saturday with strong winds and historic rainfall that caused more than 200 rivers to overflow, leaving thousands of homes flooded, damaged or without power. (Kyodo News via AP)
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, visits an area devastated by Typhoon Hagibis, in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture, Japan Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. The typhoon hit Japan on Saturday with historic rainfall that caused rivers to overflow and left thousands of homes flooded, damaged or without power. (Kyodo News via AP)