Japanese authorities recommended on Monday the evacuation of more than two million people in several provinces because of the risk of flooding and landslides as the country faces the potential destruction of typhoon Phanfone, which until now has caused has left one dead and five missing.
After touching down for a few hours, the front moved northeastward back into the Pacific with winds of up to 220 kilometers per hour, said the Japanese Meteorological Agency.
On its way through much of the country, the Phanfone also left 47 injured and nearly 57,000 homes without power in 12 provinces of Japan, according to public broadcaster NHK.
In total, the authorities have ordered the evacuation of 53,000 people in three provinces while it has recommended to evacuate another 2,150,000 residents in eight provinces, according to data compiled by the newspaper Mainichi.
Only in the Kanagawa prefecture, located on the south of Tokyo, a recommendation has been made to evacuate 280,000 people from places like Odawara, Ebina and Atsugi, while the town of Toride in Ibaraki, north of the Japanese capital, evacuated 109.000.
In the Shizuoka prefecture, in the south of Tokyo, authorities have suggested to evacuate 58,000 residents or Toyohashi Fujieda, while calling for people to leave their homes if they are located near rivers or mountains at risk for landslides.
The typhoon, classified as “strong” due to its size, has forced the cancellation of all operations being performed in the nuclear plant in Fukushima Daiichi, which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.
The typhoon has forced a 12-hour closure of carmaker Toyota Motor. Other manufacturers such as Honda Motor and Mitsubishi Motors also closed their facilities, according to Nikkei.
Air traffic returned to normal at noon on Monday after over 600 domestic and international flights were canceled. Most of these flights had been originated from Tokyoites Haneda and Narita.
In total, 104 Tokaido Shinkansen trains, running between Osaka and Tokyo, have been canceled, which has affected 107,000 passengers. In addition 104 railways including the Tokaido high speed line, which connects Tokyo and Osaka, had to suspend operations due to heavy rains. In this case, more than 100,000 passengers were affected.
In Tokyo, many local trains ran during the morning and some running less frequently in the express services were canceled, while schools in 16 districts decided not to open its doors today.
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