Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Taiwanese airlines cancel flights to Osaka due to typhoon | Economics

Waves crash off the coast of Shirahama in Wakayama Prefecture on Monday afternoon Waves crash off the coast of Shirahama in Wakayama Prefecture on Monday afternoon. | KYODO
Ray Hunter | 07 September, 2018, 10:38

A powerful typhoon blew through western Japan on Tuesday, causing heavy rain to flood the region's main offshore global airport and high winds to blow a tanker into a connecting bridge, disrupting land and air travel.

At least two people were killed as the storm disrupted land and air travel and left thousands stranded.

Typhoon Jebi landed with "very strong" force in Tokushima prefecture Tuesday afternoon, september 4, the strongest typhoon to hit the country's mainland since 1993, said Akihiro Kikuchi, from Japan's Meteorological Agency.

The meteorological Agency of Japan urge caution in connection with the gusts of wind and high waves in Northern Japan, despite the fact that the Typhoon has become a zone of low atmospheric pressure off the coast of Hokkaido.

Of the 11 deaths, eight people died in the western prefecture of Osaka, including four men, who fell from upstairs or the roofs of their houses after apparently being hit by strong winds, broadcaster NHK reported.

About 3,000 people spent the night at Kansai International Airport after a tanker ship hit the bridge connecting the offshore airport and the city of Izumisano, NHK said.

The figures could increase as an airline source said the airport will remain closed on Thursday, even though the government set up a taskforce at the prime minister's office aimed at quickly getting it back up and running.

Footage on NHK showed a 100-metre (328-foot) tall ferris wheel in Osaka spinning furiously in the strong wind despite being switched off.

Japan was struggling to clean up after being hit by what experts have called the biggest typhoon to strike the country in 25 years.

Japan issues evacuations for 300,000 people as typhoon Jebi bears down
Weather forecaster Ryuta Kurora described the typhoon as "very strong", adding: "This is (the strongest) since 1993". Vehicles damaged by Typhoon Jebi are seen in Osaka, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 4, 2018.

Taiwanese carriers announced Tuesday that all their flights to Osaka will be canceled the following day as Typhoon Jebi continued to batter Japan.

Hundreds of flights have been canceled after flooding forced Osaka's main worldwide airport to close leaving thousands of tourists stranded.

It is also known that because of the strong wind and rain canceled more than 600 domestic flights, suspended the movement of trains.

Officials said one runway was also underwater and one terminal basement was flooded.

Since the disaster, authorities have urged people to take the warnings more seriously and prepare to leave home immediately when they are issued.

Up to some 2.3 million households suffered blackouts and businesses, factories and schools in the affected area shut down while the storm crossed the country. In just 48 hours, the storm morphed from a tropical storm into a bonafide Category 5 monster with sustained winds up to 175 mph.

At least ten people were killed, and hundreds more injured by Typhoon Jebi as it raked through the major manufacturing area around Osaka - Japan's second city - wrecking infrastructure and destroying homes.

The flooding and landslides proved so deadly in part because many people did not heed evacuation advisories, which are not mandatory.

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