Typhoon hits Japan…. Again

The Japanese archipelago was hit by another typhoon that left at four people dead and 200 others injured while disrupting traffic in wide areas including Tokyo during morning rush hours.

 

The typhoon, named Trami, travelled northeast towards the biggest of the main islands of Honshu when it made landfall in western Japan the previous night, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

 

It disrupted morning commuter traffic in the capital region, forcing public transportation operators to shut down their services Sunday in central, eastern and western Japan. Japan’s capital, Tokyo, resumed transportation services on Monday morning for safety checks.

 

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Train stations in Japan were overcrowded in the morning as services remained disrupted following massive cancellations since the day before, while many flights were canceled through Monday.

 

A Keio Line train collided with a wall that had collapsed over a railway in the capital’s Setagaya Ward around 4:45 a.m. All 70 passengers reported no injuries, and its operator Keio Corp. resumed services about four hours later. East Japan Railway Co. and all its train services closed around the metro on Sunday evening and had only resumed them partially by 9 a.m. Monday. They said it was the first time it had stopped services early in Tokyo and  surrounding areas after informing the public of its plans beforehand.

 

Central Japan Railway Co. stopped all bullet trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka after 5 p.m. Sunday. The services were resumed around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

 

Kansai International Airport in Osaka, which was temporarily crippled by a typhoon in early September, reopened at 6 a.m., although many of the flights scheduled in the morning had been canceled.

 

Airlines including Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways canceled many flights Monday as well because massive cancellations of flights the previous day made it difficult for them to arrange aircraft.

 

Last month, Typhoon Jebi flooded a terminal and a runway at Kansai airport, built on an artificial island, and caused a tanker to smash into and damage a bridge connecting the airport to the mainland, stranding thousands of people at the airport at one point.

 

Reference: 2 dead, over 150 injured as powerful typhoon wreaks havoc in Japan

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