The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years has pummeled the country’s western coast, destroying buildings and triggering mass floods. At least nine people have been killed and as many as 340 others have been injured.
Japanese authorities on Tuesday urged more than a million people to evacuate as Typhoon Jebi — the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years — made landfall and pummeled the west of the country with violent winds and torrential rain.
Local media reported that the storm had left at least nine people dead and 340 injured. The typhoon moved over Osaka Bay, then headed northeast towards the Ishikawa region and continued on to the Straight of Tatary, near Russian territory.
At least 600 flights, along with dozens of ferries and trains, were canceled as Jebi — Korean for “swallow” — continued on course for the western part of Honshu, Japan’s largest main island. More than one million homes were left without power.
Trail of destruction
Footage showed how the strong gusts of wind had ripped off rooftops, toppled trucks, and even swept an anchored tanker into a nearby bridge leading to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport.
Damage to the bridge left the airport cut off from the mainland, stranding about 3,000 people there. Local broadcaster NHK showed footage of the airport’s tarmac completely under water.