Typhoon Nanmadol in Japan: 4 million people evacuated

Typhoon Nanmadol in Japan: 4 million people evacuated

In Kyushu, 600mm of rain is expected until Monday. The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) has warned that the region could face “unprecedented” danger due to strong winds, storm surges and torrential rain”

Great alert in Japan for the arrival of typhoon Nanmadol. Four million people have been ordered to evacuate as the hurricane approaches in the southwestern part of the country.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued a rare “special warning” for the Kagoshima region of southern Kyushu prefecture, an alert that is issued only when conditions are expected to occur only once in several decades.

The broadcaster Nhk reports it. A level 5 alert, the highest on Japan’s disaster alert scale, has been issued for 110,000 people for about 55,000 families in Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures.

The alarm at a level of 4 concerns 4,030,000 residents belonging to 1.94 million households in various locations in the Kyushu region, where torrential rains, violent storm surges and gusts of up to 250 kilometers per hour have hit.

On Sunday morning, the country’s two main airlines, Ana and Japan Airlines, had suspended over 500 flights and Shinkansen superfast train services were canceled between Hakata and Kumamoto. According to the National Meteorological Agency (JMA), the region south of Kyushu is expected to rain at least 600 mm of rain in the 24 hours until Monday morning.

There are 25,680 families in Kagoshima and nearby Miyazaki already without electricity since yesterday, while regional rail services, flights and ferry rides have been canceled until the storm passes, according to local public services and transport.

The JMA warned that the region could face “unprecedented” danger due to strong winds, storm surges and torrential rains. “Extreme caution is required,” Ryuta Kurora, head of the JMA’s forecasting unit, said yesterday.

“It’s a very dangerous typhoon.” “The wind will be so strong that some houses could collapse,” Kurora told reporters, also warning of floods and landslides. According to the Government Fire and Disaster Management Agency, evacuation notices have so far been issued to 2.9 million Kyushu residents and Kagoshima officials said more than 8,500 people were already in local shelters on Sunday morning. Evacuation notices urge people to relocate to alternative shelters or housing that can withstand extreme weather conditions. But they are not mandatory, and during past extreme weather events the authorities have struggled to convince residents to take cover quickly enough.

Kurora urged people to evacuate before the worst of the storm arrives and warned that even in the most solid buildings, residents must take precautions. -Maximum Caution “-” Please move into sturdy buildings before strong winds begin to blow and stay away from windows even in sturdy buildings, ” said at a late night press conference.

“The southern part of the Kyushu region could be affected by violent winds, high waves and high tides never experienced before,” the JMA said on Sunday, urging residents to exercise “as much caution as possible”. On the spot, an official from Kagoshima prefecture told AFP that no damage to people or structures has been reported so far, but that conditions are worsening. “The rain and the wind are getting stronger. The rain is so hard you can’t see what’s out there. It looks all white,” said.

The typhoon is expected to land in Kyushu on Sunday evening, before turning northeast and crossing Japan’s main island into the early hours of Wednesday.