Typhoon Jebi hits Japan: Nine killed, thousands stranded

High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi hit a fishing port in Aki, Kochi prefecture, in western Japan. KYODO VIA REUTERS

Heavy rains, landslides, floods and extreme heat waves were topped by Typhoon Jebi that entrapped Japan on Tuesday, killing nine people. Evacuation orders were issued for more than one million people as heavy and powerful rain submerged the western part of the country.

National broadcaster NHK reported that more than 300 people were also injured. Wind gusts were recorded of up to 208km/h in one part of Shikoku island, with forecasts upto 216km/h.

The typhoon overpowered the international airport and caused a tanker to blow up into a bridge.

A tanker pushed by strong winds crashed into a bridge leading to Kansai airport in Izumisano, western Japan. KYODO VIA REUTERS

Air and land travel were disrupted which left utpo 3,000 stranded in the airport. Nearly 800 flights were cancelled along with local transport.

More than 1.6 million households were reported to not have power Osaka, Kyoto and four nearby prefectures.

A building damaged by Typhoon Jebi is seen in Osaka, western Japan,†in this photo taken by Kyodo September 4, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Typhoon Jebi has been considered as a category-3 storm.

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