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Japan recommends evacuation to hundreds of thousands of people as the typhoon ‘Hagibis’ approaches

A man near Shinagawa station as typhoon 'Hagibis' approaches Tokyo – REUTERS / KEVIN COOMBS

TOKYO, 12 (Reuters / EP)

The Japanese authorities have recommended hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate due to possible flooding as typhoon 'Hagibis' approaches the country, which is expected to land on Saturday night.

Japan recommends evacuation to hundreds of thousands of people as the typhoon ‘Hagibis’ approaches
Japan recommends evacuation to hundreds of thousands of people as the typhoon ‘Hagibis’ approaches

Several municipal governments have issued evacuation notices in particularly at-risk areas, including the most populated region in Tokyo, according to the public network NHK.

Typhoon 'Hagibis', which means “speed” in Tagalog, will land on Saturday on the Japanese island of Honshu, one month after one of the strongest typhoons in recent years hit the country and destroyed and damaged 30,000 homes. In addition, it caused strong power outages.

More than 16,000 homes have no electricity, including 7,200 in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, which was struck by typhoon 'Faxai' a month ago, according to the Ministry of Industry.

The NHK chain has reported that one person has died in a vehicle in the early hours of Saturday and four others have been injured this Saturday in Chiba, after strong winds knocked down the roofs of several houses.

For its part, the Japanese Ministry of Defense has created a new account on the Twitter social network to disseminate information on disaster relief efforts.

The shops, factories and metro services have been closed as a precaution, while the organizers of the Formula One Grand Prix have canceled all the activities planned for this Saturday. Two Rugby World Cup matches that were going to be played this Saturday have also been canceled.

Also, more than 1,600 flights have been canceled. Narita International Airport, near Tokyo, has not offered services since 11.00 (local time), as the trains that connect to the cities have also been suspended.

Throughout the Pacific coast of Honshu, storm surges are expected this weekend along with torrential rains, which increases the risk of flooding and landslides.

Typhoon 'Ida', known as the “Typhoon Kanogawa” in Japanese, killed more than 1,000 people in 1958.

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