Japan typhoon leaves trail of destruction

Japan typhoon leaves trail of destruction

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Media captionTyphoon Jebi has left tens of thousands of people without power

At least 10 people have been killed by Typhoon Jebi, the worst storm to hit Japan in 25 years.

Jebi left a trail of destruction across the west of the country, hitting major cities like Kyoto and Osaka.

Flights, trains and ferries were cancelled but thousands of passengers stranded at Osaka’s international airport have since been evacuated.

As the winds slow down and move north, people are being urged to stay alert for landslides and floods.

At least 300 people have been injured as a result of the typhoon, according to government spokesman Yoshihide Suga.

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Image caption The winds were powerful enough to flip cars in Osaka

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Image caption People are urged to remain cautious

As of Wednesday morning, evacuation advisories had been issued for more than 1.2 million people.

More than 30,000 people were given stronger but still not mandatory evacuation orders, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.

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Image caption The storm lashed the streets of Osaka, bringing down cables and street furniture

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Image caption It brought down scaffolding and damaged houses

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Image caption Cars in Kobe were overturned and toppled by strong winds

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Image caption In Hyogo prefecture, the storm caused a ship to crash into a breakwater

Footage on social media showed the 100-metre (328-foot) tall ferris wheel in Osaka spinning rapidly in the storm despite being switched off.

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More than two million households experienced blackouts during the storm and schools and companies in the affected area remained shut.

Nearly 800 flights were cancelled, including international flights at Nagoya and Osaka.

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Image caption Runways at Kansai airport were still flooded on Wednesday

On Wednesday, travellers stranded at Osaka’s Kansai International Airport were being ferried by boat to another local airport.

As many as 3,000 people had been stranded at the airport, which is built on an artificial island, after a tanker crashed into the bridge connecting it with the mainland.

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Image caption The tanker crashed into the bridge linking Kansai International Airport with the mainland

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Image caption The bridge connecting Kansai airport with the mainland

The airport had seen its runways and basements flooded and will remain closed all Wednesday.

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Image caption The storm made landfall on Tuesday with dramatic giant waves

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