Strongest typhoon in quarter century hits Japan , Latest World News

Strongest typhoon in quarter century hits Japan , Latest World News

Regions around Osaka, Japan's second biggest population center, struggled to recover from damage left by Typhoon Jebi, which left 10 people dead, hundreds of thousands of buildings without power and the area's main airport closed.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said about 300 people were injured.

Typhoon Jebi landed with "very strong" force in Tokushima prefecture Tuesday afternoon, September 4, the strongest typhoon to hit the country's mainland since 1993, said Akihiro Kikuchi, from Japan's Meteorological Agency.

Typhoon Jebi made landfall in the west of the country around noon on Tuesday with winds of up to 216 kilometres an hour.

NHK World, the worldwide arm of Japan's largest broadcasting service NHK, has claimed that nine people have died and more than 300 have been injured.

In some areas tides were the highest since a typhoon in 1961. Kansai - which is one of the busiest airports in Japan - will remain closed until Wednesday evening at the earliest.

NHK also showed footage of a 100-metre tall ferris wheel in Osaka turning furiously in the strong wind despite being switched off.

Japan awoke Wednesday to massive damage caused by the strongest typhoon to strike the country in a quarter of a century.

More than 700 flights were cancelled, including global flights departing and arriving at Nagoya and Osaka, along with ferries, local train services and some bullet train lines.

Up to 2.4 million homes and buildings were left without power due to the typhoon, although by early Wednesday the flow had been restored in more than half of them.

Many shinkansen bullet train services are back on their regular schedules for Wednesday, but there are still delays with local trains.

Evacuation advisories were issued for 1.19 million people in western and central Japan, with another 16,000 people issued with stronger but non-mandatory evacuation orders.

Jebi, the most powerful typhoon to reach Japan since 1993, did not cause as many victims as others of the last decade.

At a disaster preparedness meeting on Monday, Abe enjoined Japanese citizens to "take action to protect your lives".

Popular Osaka amusement park Universal Studios Japan also remained closed Wednesday - the first time it's been closed for two consecutive days since it opened in March 2001 - as the park operator worked to fix damaged caused by the storm.

The capital, Tokyo, escaped the centre of the storm but was set for heavy rains and high winds.

Japan is now in its annual typhoon season, and is regularly struck by major storm systems during the summer and autumn.

Jebi's course brought it close to parts of western Japan hit by rains and flooding that killed more than 200 people in July but most of the damage this time appeared to be from the wind.

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