Typhoon Jebi: Japan scrambles to evacuate thousands from Kansai airport

Typhoon Jebi: Japan scrambles to evacuate thousands from Kansai airport

Typhoon Jebi, which made landfall in Japan on Tuesday, has left a trail of destruction in its path, cutting electricity, damaging homes, destroying infrastructure and killing at least 11 people. "Japanese friends, let's get through it together", Tsai tweeted.

Early Wednesday, rescuers began evacuating some of the 3,000 people who were stranded overnight at the airport.

Additionally, New Chitose Airport near Sapporo in northern Japan was closed on Thursday due to an natural disaster.

Powerful winds also caused a fuel tanker to hit and damage a bridge connecting the mainland to Kansai International Airport, a busy transport hub built on a man-made island, according to Reuters. "It was hot", a woman told NHK after being ferried to Kobe. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at least 11 people had been confirmed dead and 470 people were injured.

Typhoon Jebi struck Japan's western island of Shikoku on Tuesday. According to Kansai Electric, more than 400,000 households were still without power.

Vehicles lie piled in a heap due to strong winds from typhoon Jebi in Kobe, Hyogo prefecture in Japan on September 5, 2018.

More than 1.2 million people had been advised to leave their homes as Jebi approached the Kansai area - Japan's industrial heartland.

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Photos from Sapporo, Hokkaido's main city on the western part of the island, showed huge cracks in the street and subsided houses. The quake, which struck at 3.08am (6.08pm GMT on Wednesday) had a magnitude of 6.7, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

In the tourist magnet of Kyoto - home to ancient temples and shrines - it brought down part of the ceiling of the main railway station. Around 16,000 people spent the night in shelters, local media said.

The storm was the latest in a series of natural disasters to hit Japan this summer, starting with record rains in July that triggered flooding and landslides that killed over 200 people.

Businesses, factories and schools in the affected area shut down while the storm barreled across the country, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights, ferry services and some bullet trains.

An airport spokesman was unable to confirm the report to Bloomberg News, saying it would take more time before it could make an announcement.

Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui, who visited Abe's office on Thursday, said he will request nearby airports in Osaka and Kobe to take some of the traffic expected to land at or depart Kansai airport until damage is repaired. Toshiba Memory, the world's second-largest maker of flash memory chips, was monitoring developments closely and may need to ship products from other airports if Kansai remains closed, a spokeswoman said.

And Jebi was far from the deadliest Japan has seen in recent years.

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