Tokyo (Japan): After a series of natural disasters, Japan is now gearing to face Typhoon Jebi on Tuesday which may hit lakhs of people in Shikoku, the smallest main island, before moving on to Honshu and Osaka. The country has cancelled more than 600 flights, trains and ferries and issued an advisory to evacuate almost 300,000 people. Typhoon Jebi has been described as “very strong” by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Also Read - 13 Dead, 250 Injured as Record Snowfall Blankets Japan
Typhoon Jebi — which means ‘swallow’ in Korean language — is set to hit Shikoku on Tuesday after landslides, floods, incessant rainfall and record-breaking heat which killed hundreds in the country. Following a forecast of strong winds and heavy rainfall in the western and eastern regions, the Japan authorities have advised nearly 280,000 people to evacuate and move to safer places. The typhoon could be the strongest in last 25 years, reports said. Also Read - Japan Declares State of Emergency For Tokyo, 3 Nearby Areas as COVID-19 Cases Surge
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Sub-urban trains and high-speed railways, such as the one covering the Osaka-Hiroshima route, were suspended indefinitely. Others have decided to operate less frequently, according to public broadcaster NHK. Some companies recommended their employees to work from home on Tuesday. Schools in the affected areas have also been shut indefinitely. The Universal Studios Osaka also suspended its services.
If the typhoon maintains its speed of 216 kilometres per hour, it would the strongest in last two decades. “This is (the strongest) since 1993,” forecaster Ryuta Kurora said. It is expected that the typhoon will make its landfall while maintaining its speed. The Meteorological agency’s chief forecaster Ryuta Kurora issued a televised warning for possible landslides, flooding and violent winds, as well as high tides, lightning and tornadoes. Lakhs of people have been advised to move to safer areas.