Typhoon Jebi hits Japan

Thursday, 06 Sep, 2018

A 2,591-ton tanker that was mooring slammed into the side of a bridge connecting the airport to the mainland, damaging the bridge and making it unusable, leaving about 3,000 passengers stranded at the airport, transport ministry official Mitsuo Nakao said.

Jebi, which translates to "swallow" in Korean, led to heavy rains, landslides, floods in Japan. Another man in his 60s fell two metres into a rice paddy field in Mima city, the report said.

A flooded runway at Kansai airport, which is built on an artificial island in a bay, after Typhoon Jebi hit the area, in Izumisano, western Japan on September 4, 2018.

The airport had seen its runways and basements flooded and will remain closed all Wednesday. The ship did considerable damage to the bridge. The tanker was empty and none of its crew was injured, the coast guard said.

Passengers said they had to spend the night in the dark, with one claiming the terminal was also hot due to a power outage.

At Harima-Kyowa Co., a Hyogo-based wholesale company for daily goods, part of the roof and a wall at its distribution center in Osaka Prefecture were damaged, causing water to leak inside.

They were rescued this morning when high-speed boats came to ferry them to Kobe airport.

Officials ordered more than a million people in affected areas to evacuate their homes amid warnings of high waves, flooding and mudslides.

JTB Corp. and KNT Kansai canceled tours scheduled to depart Kansai International Airport on Wednesday.

ANA Holdings Inc. said Tuesday morning it was canceling 247 domestic and 8 worldwide flights, while Japan Airlines Co. pulled 176 domestic flights. "We are sorry for any inconvenience", the statement said.

Kansai International Airport, a major transportation hub, has been entirely shut down. Flight cancellations also affected Itami Airport in Osaka and Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya. The airport that serves Osaka, one of Japan's largest cities, remains closed. Evacuation orders were issued for some areas in such municipalities as Kobe and Sanuki, Kagawa Prefecture.

Sediment disaster warnings were issued in Kagawa, Tokushima, Kyoto, Nara and Wakayama prefectures.

Nearly 14,000 residents have been moved to around 5,000 refuge zones, mostly town halls and school gyms, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. In just 48 hours, the storm morphed from a tropical storm into a bonafide Category 5 monster with sustained winds up to 175 mph.

There is a significant threat of widespread flooding.

Typhoon Jebi dragged the 292-foot-long (89m) Houunmaru from its anchored position at sea, and smashed it into a bridge near Osaka.

Jebi comes just weeks after Typhoon Cimaron moved over the same region.