Typhoon Khanun, which has been affecting southwest Japan for several days, is this Friday approach the Okinawa archipelago againwhere it already caused at least two dead and 64 injured. Khanun, the sixth typhoon of the season in the Pacific and classified as “major” by the Japan Meteorological Agency, was found at 10:00 am (2:00 am in Lisbon) about 270 kilometers northwest of the island of Miyako, in the archipelago of Okinawa.
Typhoon Khanun sweeps through Japan, two dead, 60 injured
The storm is moving very slowly, in a west-northwest direction, with wind gusts which can reach 180 kilometers per hour, according to the Japanese meteorological authorities. The typhoon has already claimed two lives, a 90-year-old man, crushed when a garage collapsed due to strong winds, and an 89-year-old woman, in a fire after using candles following electricity cuts. At least 64 people were injured, officials added.
Electricity company Okinawa Electric Power indicated that more than 52,000 homes in the region, or 8% of the total, were experiencing power outages. About 200 airline connections were also affected and the archipelago began to record some food shortageespecially of fresh products such as meat and vegetables, in supermarkets, where people already make long queues.
Typhoon Khanun leaves one dead, 220,000 homes without electricity in Japan
The Japanese authorities appealed for prudence during the continuation of the phenomenon, given the risk of storms, strong winds, waves and landslides. Khanun’s passage through Taiwan forced the cancellation of 126 flights, domestic and international, maritime and rail links, reported the island’s news agency, CNA. The Meteorological Center of Taiwan indicated that the typhoon was already, on the morning of this Friday, moving away from the island.
Aside from the disruption to transport, the damage caused by the Khanun was “relatively limited” and consists mainly of downed trees or signs and flooding located on roads and tunnels, said the Taiwanese Emergency Operations Center, quoted by CNA.
Khanun landed in Taiwan a week after Typhoon Doksuri hit the island, causing at least one death and power cuts in thousands of homes, before heading towards China, where it brought torrential rain.
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