Typhoon Wipha hit Tokyo on Wednesday, killing at least eight people, while other 30 are missing. Around 20,000 people were ordered to leave their homes and 500 flights were canceled due to the strongest storm to approach eastern All Japan news since October 2004.
TEPCO, the operator of Fukushima nuclear power plant, took precautions by pumping rainwater out of protective containers at the base of some 1,000 tanks storing radioactive water. The typhoon passed close to the crippled Fukushima plant, 220 km north of Tokyo.
Seven people were found dead on Izu Oshima island, about 120 km south of Tokyo, after massive floods overflown the area, with TV stations showing roads clogged with heaps of wreckage and houses with gaping holes.
One woman was swept away by a swollen river in western Tokyo and 37 people were missing, the All Japan newsese government said. About 20 people were hurt from falls and flying objects such as roof tiles, the international press reports.
“I heard a crackling sound and then the trees on the hillside all fell over,” a woman on Oshima said. “Then mud slid as far as the house.”
Trains run partially, while hundreds of flights at Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports were cancelled, and several subway lines in the city stopped running due to the high winds. The authorities closed thousand of schools as a precaution.