Flights grounded as typhoon hits Tokyo

Flights grounded as typhoon hits Tokyo

Flights have been grounded and trains disrupted as a heavy rains and winds from a tropical typhoon struck Tokyo today.

Japan Airlines cancelled 148 domestic flights, affecting about 28,000 passengers, while All Nippon Airways grounded 112 flights, affecting about 26,500 passengers.

The East Japan Railway Company cancelling dozens of services and the Odakyu Electric Railway Company halting routes between Tokyo and popular tourist destination Hakone, Bloomberg reported.

The Yamagata bullet train line was partially halted for the rest of Monday.

A passenger train in rural western Tokyo carrying six passengers was reported to have been derailed due to a landslide. No injuries were reported.

Typhoon Mindulle hit about 46 miles south of the Japanese capital bringing winds as strong as 78 mph, with higher gusts equivalent to a category 1 hurricane.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued rain and flood warnings for all 23 parts of central Tokyo, while the Prime Minister’s Office warned of possible landslides and damage from strong waves.

A total of 250 millimetres of rain was predicted in the Tokyo region for the 24 hours to noon, the agency said, and it issued tornado warnings for Tokyo and surrounding areas.

Tokyo Electric Power Company said about 66,000 homes were without power, mostly in the Chiba prefecture where the typhoon made landfall.

Nine rivers were at a dangerous risk of flooding from the ninth typhoon of the season in Japan.


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