Typhoon Haishen less deadly than feared
Kanako Mita and Chika Mori
Modern Tokyo Times
Typhoon Haishen is known to have killed two people and left four individuals missing. At the same time, approximately 100 people were injured by the brutal typhoon. However, this is a lot less than originally feared.
During the height of the typhoon, roughly half a million homes were left without power. Thus whole swathes of Kyushu were hit and a part of Honshu. Therefore, many homes have been badly damaged.
By the middle of the day – after the typhoon had passed through Japan – approximately 200,000 homes still had no electricity. Yet the dreaded mudslides and overflowing of rivers didn’t materialize to the extent that was feared.
Thus for the next few days, communities hit hardest are focused on returning to normal. This applies to rebuilding homes that have been damaged, restoring all powerlines, monitoring railway lines, maintenance on roads hit by the storm, and other important areas.
Thankfully, people heeded the advice of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local government officials who warned people to prepare thoroughly. Hence, the loss of life, while sad, is relatively small. This compares with the fear before Typhoon Haishen hit Japan.
The BBC reports, “The typhoon caused a loss of power across hundreds of thousands of homes in Japan, though initial assessments suggest it did less damage than feared.”
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