The wrath of Jebi: Ten dead, a million left without power and thousands stranded as typhoon devastates Japan – and buses begin dangerous mission to ferry airport passengers across damaged bridge to safety

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
By Paul Martin

Typhoon Jebi hammered the country’s west coast as it made landfall on Tuesday with winds of up to 135mph
Ten people have been killed and hundreds more injured while homes and infrastructure have been destroyed
Kansai International Airport was cut off when a 2,500-ton tanker smashed into the terminal’s sole access road
Thousands were left stranded overnight and had to make a perilous trip back across damaged carriageway

5 September 2018

Eleven people have been killed, a million are without power and thousands have been left stranded after a fierce typhoon lashed Japan.

Hundreds more were injured when homes and infrastructure along the west coast were devastated by Typhoon Jebi – Japan’s most powerful storm in a quarter of a century.

Kansai International Airport – one of the country’s busiest – was cut off when a 2,500-ton tanker smashed into the terminal’s sole access road meaning thousands had to spend the night in the partially flooded facility.

This morning, boats were ferrying stranded passengers to the mainland while footage showed a caravan of buses making a perilous trip across the damaged bridge – yards from the spot where the ship had crashed into the carriageway amid 135mph winds yesterday.

Runways were flooded as high waves washed into the facility on Tuesday, knocking out electricity and inundating buildings.

Elsewhere, a large commercial ship was washed onto a breakwater, and shipping containers were left floating in the sea. In Kyoto, the former imperial capital and a popular tourist destination, wooden shrine buildings and tall orange-red entrance gates were knocked down. Soaring trees fell at a shrine in Nara, another historic city.

Jebi, or ‘swallow’ in Korean, has since slammed into Russia territory – causing flash floods on Sakhalin Island to Japan’s north.

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