Strongest typhoon in 25 years hits Japan

Japan announced evacuation warnings affecting more than 1 million people and canceled hundreds of flights this week as Typhoon Jebi, the strongest storm to hit the nation in 25 years, battered the country’s west coast. Jebi, or “swallow” in Korean, follows heavy rains, landslides, floods and record-breaking heat that killed hundreds of people this summer. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said about 300 people were injured. It was uncertain when the airport would reopen and some roads and train lines in the affected areas were still closed, he said. About 1.2 million homes were without power. “The government will continue to do everything possible to tackle these issues with utmost urgency,” Suga told a news conference.

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