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Typhoon Faxai wreaks havoc in Tokyo

Typhoon Faxai disrupts life after making landfall in Tokyo
Typhoon Faxai disrupts life after making landfall in Tokyo

A powerful typhoon battered Japan on Monday, leaving 3 people dead and over 40 injured. As many as 17,000 passengers were stranded at Tokyo’s Narita Airport due to the typhoon.

Typhoon Faxai hit Tokyo on Monday, disrupting transport and forcing thousands of people to evacuate. At least three people have been killed and over 40 others injured in several incidents across the city.

Typhoon Faxai, packing winds of up to 216 kilometres (134 miles) per hour, made landfall in Chiba after passing through Tokyo Bay on Monday. Authorities asked as many as 5,000 people to evacuate from Chiba and Kanagawa. A non-compulsory evacuation warning was also issued to more than 390,000 people.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga averred that over 900,000 power failures were reported after the typhoon. “I’ve never seen a situation like this, where the entire city lost power,” a city official said.

“Please be on full alert against gusts and high waves and be vigilant about landslides, floods and swollen rivers,” the Japan Metereological Agency said in a statement.

As many as 17,000 passengers were stranded at Tokyo’s Narita Airport after more than 100 flights were scrapped. The airport said it provided 2,000 bottles of water, 19,000 bags of crackers and 18,000 bed rolls to the passengers.

Road and Railways were also affected by the typhoon, which led to pandemonium during the busy hours of commute. “We need to inspect tracks and check if there is any damage as the typhoon is expected to pass through the region overnight,” a train company spokesman averred. Suburban trains resumed operations at 8 am on Monday.

While East Japan Railway said that its bullet trains were running at reduced speed, Central Japan Railway suspended the Tokaido bullet train between Tokyo and Odawara city. About 100 bullet trains connecting Tokyo with central and western Japanese cities were suspended on Sunday.

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