December 10, 2022
2 dead, thousands without power after Typhoon Talas slams Japan

2 dead, thousands without power after Typhoon Talas slams Japan

It was turned into a depression on Saturday morning


Thousands were swept away without water and electricity after Typhoon Talas in central Japan triggered record rains, flooding and landslides in the region on Sunday and killed at least two people.

A man’s body was retrieved from the remains of his home on Saturday in the town of Kakegawa in the Shizuoka region, a regional disaster management official told AFP.

“Another man (in neighboring Fukuroi town) was on his way to his home (Saturday) when the water level rose and his vehicle came to a halt. When the man tried to walk home, it is believed that he Died.”

Another man was still missing in Shizuoka’s Kawanehonch town when his vehicle fell into a hole in the road, he said, adding that three others suffered minor injuries.

Typhoon Talas devastated central Japan on Friday and Saturday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, as it swept away from the Pacific coast, leaving more than 40 centimeters (16 inches) of rain over a 24-hour period in communities in Shizuoka. .

It intensified into a depression on Saturday morning before turning back into the Pacific.

Heavy rain from the storm triggered landslides in Shizuoka, including in remote mountains, causing several power poles to collapse and break, resulting in power outages to 120,000 homes on Saturday.

As of Sunday afternoon, 2,910 homes in Shizuoka and the neighboring Gifu area had no electricity, according to regional utility Chubu Electric Power.

“For areas where restoration teams are unable to reach due to blocked roads after the landslide, we will progress by analyzing the conditions of the landslide,” the utility said.

About 55,000 homes in Shizuoka had no running water, as debris blocked water entrances.

Municipal officials were working with the Coast Guard to provide clean water to residents.

“At the moment, we are working to clear debris from a water entrance. But for now we can’t make any guesses as to when it might be restored,” the regional government said in a statement Sunday morning.

Japan regularly experiences severe damage from typhoons in summer and autumn.

Last weekend, Typhoon Nanmadol hit southwestern Japan, killing four people and injuring 147 others.

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