As Typhoon Man-yi has turned out to be one of the strongest storms to hit Japan this summer, the central and western regions have been left with flooding and rainfall that tops even the most recent weeks’ deluges. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that the popular tourist destination of Kyoto was hit with an “unprecedented amount of rainfall” as the storm passed through overnight and during Monday. The typhoon is now continuing to make its way east towards Tokyo, bringing winds as strong as 162 kilometers per hour (100 mph).
Roughly 260,000 people in Kyoto and the immediately surrounding area have been told to evacuate and seek shelter, with many more residents being told the same in the city of Osaka and the western prefectures of Shiga, Hyogo, and Mie. National broadcaster NHK has broadcast images of people being evacuated in small boats pulled by emergency rescue workers. It was also reported that the large river in Arashiyama, Kyoto is flooded and dangerously close to over-flowing.
More than 80,000 households in the western and central regions have been left without electricity. Likewise, various methods of travel have been affected, with the western and central shinkansen (bullet train) lines either delayed or canceling service, and local trains moving very slowly when possible. Some 500 domestic and international flights were also cancelled due to safety concerns over strong wind speeds.
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