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Mass Evacuations Forced by MAN-YI in Japan

Posted by feww on September 16, 2013

Up to two million people under mandatory evacuation or advised to evacuate: Report

Authorities in Japan have issued mandatory evacuation orders for an estimated 800,000 people in 205,000 households in seven prefectures, and advised an additional 1.2 million people in 346,000 residences in 18 prefectures to evacuate their homes due to the massive Tropical Cyclone MAN-YI.

The cyclone is currently racing up in a northeasterly direction in the northeastern Japan, including the Tohoku region, having made landfall in Aichi prefecture on Monday morning.

The cyclone has already dumped in excess of 550 millimeters (20 inches) of rain in western and central Japan, with eastern and northern regions told to expect more than 80 mm per hour.

Tropical Cyclone MAN-YI. IR/WV Difference Image 2013-09-16 @ 07:32UTC. Source: CIMSS/SSEC/WISC.

Weather officials issued special warnings for Shiga, Kyoto and Fukui prefectures.  The warning is reserved for events when there is a significant likelihood of a major natural disaster “of a magnitude observed only once every few decades,” said NHK.

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The storm has killed at least one person, left five people missing and injured 671 others, reports said.

More than 360 homes have reportedly been damaged, many of them severely.

  • About 74,000 households have been left without electricity.
  • More than 500 domestic flights have been cancelled.
  • Bullet train services have partially been suspended after wind speeds exceeded the safety limit, said NHK.

There are reports of widespread flooding and numerous mudslides in the affected regions, according to reports.

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Typhoon Melor Leaves a Trail of Destruction in Japan

Posted by feww on October 8, 2009

Typhoon Melor Causes Widespread Destruction and Disruptions in Japan

Melor was the first typhoon in two years to make landfall in Japan, striking in Aichi prefecture,  southwest of Tokyo, on the main island of Honshu, killing 2 people and injuring more than 30.

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A man points to a wall torn down by high winds from the third floor of a house in Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki Prefecture north of Tokyo October 8, 2009. Typhoon Melor barrelled into Japan’s main island on Thursday, disrupting flights and trains, closing some factories and tearing roofs off houses, but damage was much less than had been feared. REUTERS/Kyodo. Image may be subject to copyright.

It caused widespread damage through strong winds, with gusts of up to 200km/h, and heavy rain including flooding roads, cutting off power and phone lines, destroying traffic signals, uprooting trees, and tearing roofs from building  and knocking over trucks on the flooded roads.

Numerous Flight bullet train and commuter train services were canceled, stranding tens of thousands of commuters in the morning rush hours.

Melor forced the world’s largest car-maker, Toyota, to shut its factories in central Honshu as a precautionary measure.

At least 100,000 homes were left without electricity in Gifu, Mie Kanagawa prefectures, and parts of  Tokyo Metropolitan.

The authorities issued various warnings against mudslides and risk of landslides throughout Honshu.

Recent Typhoon Damage in SE ASIA

  • Typhoon Tokage pummeled Western Japan in October 2004, killing up to 100 people.
  • Typhoon Etau, avoiding a direct hit in Japan, caused  flash floods and large landslides that killed up to 30 people in August, 2009.
  • Typhoon Morakot struck Taiwan also in August, causing extensive landslides that swept entire villages, killing as many as 1,000 people.
  • Tropical Cyclone Ketsana left a trail of devastation across Southeast Asia, killing hundreds of people, mostly in the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.
  • Typhoon Parma left a swath of destruction in its wake killing at least 16 people in the northern Philippines  and flooding dozens of villages.

BREAKING NEWS: Two new weather systems are racing west across the Pacific ocean heading towards the Philippines.

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Heavy Rains Flood Central Japan

Posted by feww on August 30, 2008

Heavy rains wreak havoc in central Japan

About 1.5 million people from 500,000 households in Aichi prefecture, central Japan, were ordered to evacuate as heavy rains flooded central Japan Friday, Kyodo News agency reported.

The evacuation orders were later lifted as rain abated; however, the officials warned about more rains in the area.

Cars travel down a flooded street between fields in Okazaki, 230 km (143 miles) west of Tokyo, August 29, 2008. (Credit: Reuters). Image may be subject to copyright.

“While the evacuation order was lifted, we urged residents to be cautious as we expect heavy rains tonight,” said a police official in the city of Okazaki, about 230 kilometers southwest of Tokyo.

“While the evacuation order was lifted, we urged residents to be cautious as we expect heavy rains tonight,” said Naoyuki Kato, a police official in the hardest-hit city of Okazaki, 140 miles (230 kilometers) southwest of Tokyo.

Okazaki, the worst affected city in the area, experienced a recors  downpour of about 15 centimeters per hour, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said.

A 76 year-old woman was drowned in her home, a man was in serious condition, and three others were missing in Okazaki.

Okazaki, 230 km (143 miles) west of Tokyo August 29, 2008 - i3
Homes are seen flooded after heavy rain in Okazaki, 230 km west of Tokyo August 29, 2008. REUTERS/Kyodo. Image may be subject to copyright.

Other highlights from Asahi Shimbun report:

  • The Tokai and Kanto regions were worst affected by the downpours from Thursday through Friday.
  • Heavy rain caused floods and landslides across wide areas. A mudslide in Hachioji, western Tokyo, derailed a Keio Takao Line train late Thursday.
  • In the 24 hours to 8:50 a.m. Friday, the rainfall had reached 302.5 millimeters.
  • As of 6 p.m. Friday, a total of 829 houses in 12 prefectures, including 687 in Aichi, were flooded above floor level.
  • In addition, 2,493 houses in 17 prefectures were flooded below floor level.
  • In the Kanto region, heavy rain damaged points at Takao Station late Thursday, cancelling 195 train runs and affecting 130,000 people.
  • On Thursday night, a Keio Takao Line train was derailed by a mudslide on the tracks.
  • Thunderstorms caused power outages to 20,000 households in Tokyo as well as in Kanagawa, Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures on Friday morning.
  • Water levels were critical at six rivers in the Tokai and Kanto regions.
  • Sporadic torrential rain could fall again because continued atmospheric instability was expected.

Japanese firefighters search for a missing 80-year-old woman at the Iga river near her damaged house in Okazaki, Aichi prefecture, on August 29.  (AFP/Jiji Press). Image may be subject to copyright.

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