10 killed, 300 injured as typhoon Jebi hits western Japan

Kobe pile-up A pile-up of vehicles in Kobe as a result of strong winds from typhoon Jebi | AFP

At least 10 people have been killed and around 300 injured in damage caused by Typhoon Jebi in Western Japan since Tuesday. Jebi is considered as the most powerful storm to hit Japan in 25 years.

Five of the fatalities from typhoon Jebi were reported in Osaka prefecture. Local media agencies reported that most of the injuries were caused by flying debris.

More than a million homes were reported to be without power in affected areas on Wednesday morning. Jebi led to the suspension of operations at the Kansai Airport, forcing authorities to transfer nearly 3,000 passengers to Kobe Airport by boat and bus.

A local newspaper reported that the closure of the Kansai Airport, which has been flooded and faced disruption of electricity supplies, may last up to a week, potentially threatening operations and exports of several electronic chip facilities in the region.

Evacuation advisories were in place for more than 1.2 million people on Wednesday morning. Jebi disrupted air travel and ferry and bullet train services in several provinces including Nagoya and Osaka.

Typhoon Jebi hit western Japan around noon on Tuesday, bringing winds with speed of up to 216kmph and heavy rain.

(With agency inputs)