More than 1.6 million people received evacuation orders this Sunday because typhoon ‘Haishen’ arrived in southern Japan, which has been the strongest in this area in the last few decades and which is already accompanied by heavy rains and winds caused the first chaos .
There are concerns about the impact of the storm on Kyushu Island, where the evacuation of 1,670,000 people, including 730,000 from Kumamoto City, has been recommended, according to NHK TV station. In Kyushu and on the neighboring island of Okinawa, almost 40,000 households are already without electricity.
A head of the Japan Meteorological Agency, Yoshihisa Nakamoto, has urged citizens to remain “on high alert” and leave the area as soon as possible as the storm is progressing with maximum sustained winds of 162 kilometers per hour and peaks of up to 216 kilometers per hour .
‘Haishen’, the second typhoon in southern Japan in a week, has forced the cancellation of more than a thousand flights between Sunday and Monday while numerous train lines remain temporarily suspended.
The recommendation to evacuate in Kyushu is also accompanied by further social distancing to prevent shelters from becoming sources of contagion for the new coronavirus.