At least 4 people have died, power lines were destroyed, and hundreds of thousands were told to leave their homes for safety as a strong typhoon plowed through southern Japan on Monday.
Typhoon Nanmadol was moving northeast across Honshu’s west coast as it made landfall in Kagoshima Prefecture. The Meteorological Agency stated that even though the hurricane has weakened since making landfall late Sunday night, it is still anticipated to dump up to 400 millimeters of rain in some areas of the region, sopping major cities like Tokyo when people return to their jobs on Tuesday after a 3-day weekend.
The typhoon was heading northeast at a pace of about 35 kilometers per hour near Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, at around 6 p.m. on Monday. At its core, it had a 980 hectopascal air pressure and winds that may reach up to 108 kilometers per hour with peak gusts of 144 kilometers per hour.
The typhoon that tore across the Kyushu area on Monday claimed at least four lives, with one of them being a man who was discovered in a flooded automobile in Miyazaki Prefecture.
According to authorities and other reports, a 41-year-old man was also discovered dead in the prefecture after a mudslide demolished his mountaintop cabin. Two more people were found without any vital signs.
This area has had several mudslides. A 78-year-old man who resides nearby in the village of Mimata stated, “The soil is like clay, so it falls quickly. The cottage was built about a year ago. Local officials in Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, are now looking for an 82-year-old man who may have fallen into a water body.
Landslides, siding ripping off houses, and damaged power lines were all caused by the storm. The majority of the 140,000 houses were without electricity early on Monday, according to the commerce ministry. According to Forbes, there have been at least 114 injuries.
In Miyazaki Prefecture, where some parts received more rain in a single day than they regularly do in the whole month of September, the Meteorological Agency issued a warning that river levels were high.
According to Yoshiyuki Toyoguchi, a land ministry spokesman, “even a little bit more rain might result in the water level growing, so please stay careful regarding floods and landslides.”
The frequency of extremely rare “special warnings,” that are issued when climatic occurrences that only occur every few decades, has been reduced for the prefectures of Kagoshima and Miyazaki. However, various degrees of evacuation warnings remained in effect for 9.7 million people on Monday. Since the cautions are not legally obligatory, officials have often found it challenging to convince residents to abandon their homes during extreme weather events.
The storm is anticipated to pour a lot of rain on Honshu on Tuesday, raising the possibility of landslides and flooding. Though a flood alert was in effect for a major portion of Kyushu and the regions to the northeast, it released flooding advice for Tokyo and the nearby Kanagawa Prefecture.
As per merchants with information on the preparations, the storm caused ships to take a detour, delaying some LNG supplies that were slated for this week to areas of southern Japan.
The 2 major airlines in the nation, ANA Holdings, and Japan Airlines have canceled around 800 flights. According to the monitoring website FlightAware.com, over 400 flights had been canceled at the major international airports servicing Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka.
Services on the impacted regions’ high-speed bullet trains between major economic centers have been stopped. As per the Central Japan Railway and Kyushu Railway, there have been no bullet trains operating on Monday in Kyushu and between Hiroshima and Fukuoka.
The final train of the day was scheduled for Monday evening, marking the end of the bullet train service between Osaka and Nagoya. There would be a significant decrease in the number of trains running between Nagoya and Tokyo.
The government said that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will postpone his journey to New York by one day to attend a General Assembly meeting of the United Nations. He hopes to leave Tuesday morning after evaluating the damage condition.
At a meeting on Sunday with ministers and other top authorities in charge of handling the storm, Kishida urged citizens of Japan to leave the area as soon as they “even perceive the least threat.” The authorities were also given the urgent directive from Kishida to “take all feasible steps to protect the safety and security of the people.”
Following Kagoshima’s example, Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki prefectures have all implemented disaster relief laws in all of their towns. As a result, they will be able to get assistance from both the local and national governments.
Also read about: Where Are The Murderers Of Junko Furuta Now?