Japan Typhoon Threatens Fukushima Nuclear Plant: Hundreds Of Thousands Evacuate Coastal Japan [PHOTO, VIDEO]
A Japan typhoon struck the island country Monday, claiming the life of at least two confirmed victims and injuring at least 70. According to the Meteorological Agency, Japan Typhoon Man-Yi has struck Kyoto as much as 3 inches of rain an hour, or what the agency described as an "unprecedented amount of rainfall." Winds exceeding 100 mph and heavy torrential rain batter homes and structures along the coastal Kyoto, just north of Tokyo. Approximately 260,000 Kyoto residents were evacuated as the Katsura River flooded the prefectural capital.
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Hundreds of homes have been flooded across western and central Japan. According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, approximately 80,000 homes are without power. What's more, Japan broadcaster NHK shared aerial images of the nearby town of Fukuchiyama, which suffered severe flooding as muddy waters submerged the town's fields, structures, and homes. 100 percent of the town's population of 81,246 were ordered to evacuate.
Japan Typhoon Man-Yi is centered over the city of Sendai, approximately 160 miles north of Kyoto. According to satellite stations, the typhoon is heading to the northern main island of Hokkaido to unleash more rain. The destruction caused by the Japan typhoon has already been so widespread that the government organized an emergency task force to assess damages and provide rescue support. According to Prime Minister's Office official Hikariko Ono, both Kyoto and neighboring Shiga prefecture have requested for aid from specialized relief teams.
At least 70 people have been injured from the Japan typhoon. According to police and disaster management officials, a 72-year-old woman of the Shiga prefecture was found dead under the debris of her home that was decimated by a mudslide. A 77-year-old woman of the Fukui prefecture was also found dead in a mudslide.
According to reports from NHK, at least three are missing since the Japan typhoon struck, A 41-year-old woman and her daughter, a fifth grade student, were missing in Mie of central Japan after a swollen river swept them away. A man is also missing after in Fukushima. He was last known checking his fish traps in a river. NHK also shared aerial footage of tourists in Kyoto evacuating from the flooded streets on rescue boats.
Infrastructure has also been crippled by the Japan typhoon. Trains in Tokyo have been suspended and hundreds of flights have been grounded. In fact, the extremely vulnerable Fukushima nuclear power plant, which is just 155 miles from Tokyo, has been working around the clock to avoid the risk of tank leaks as workers pump accumulating rain water that has been pooling around hundreds of storage tanks that contain radioactive water. Should the tanks puncture, radioactive water will mix with rainwater and seep into the soil or flow into the sea.
Recently, officials have acknowledged the leakage of contaminated radioactive water from underground storage tanks. However, Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. assured that the plant's release of radioactive is within allowed discharge limits. Duty regulators at the plant continue to check the Japan typhoon rain water pumped around the storage tanks.
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