What harm did Typhoon “Goochol”

June 19-20, a powerful typhoon swept through Japan. Typhoon number four, dubbed “Guchol,” was approaching the country’s coast at 50 kilometres per hour. The country’s general meteorological office had reported the impending natural disaster beforehand. The typhoon was expected to hit Japan’s southeastern coast.

According to forecasters, after Kyushu Island, “Guchol” was expected to pass throughout central Honshu Island to the northeast. Wind speeds on land could reach 35 meters per second. The authorities warned the population that due to the hurricane there was a high probability of landslides and floods resulting from a river spill. It was not recommended without extreme need to leave the house.

An evacuation preparation notice has been issued, according to meteorologists. Over forty thousand residents in a number of south-western areas of the Japanese island of Kyushu received this communication. In addition, more than two hundred domestic flights, ninety trains, stopped passenger ferries and issued a warning to all owners of private yachts and boats.

Damage after Typhoon “Guchol” was significant, even despite all the measures taken. On Tuesday 19 June in the town of Numazu in Shizuoka Prefecture, a man of fifty-three years was killed and found himself under the rubble of a typhoon-destroyed house. In Yamanashi prefecture, a 16-year-old schoolgirl was carried away by a rain-spilled river and is still believed to be missing. In addition, more than sixty people suffered various injuries.

One hundred and fifty thousand people were forced to evacuate from the impact zone, including those affected by the earthquake and tsunami last March. About a hundred homes found themselves flooded in Hyogo Prefecture in southwestern Japan. After the breakdown of transmission lines, almost three hundred thousand buildings were temporarily without light.

Meanwhile, a new Typhoon Talim was looming on Japan, which was Asia’s fifth tropical cyclone. It is moving towards Japan from China. It was expected on the Japanese islands just one day after the past Typhoon “Guchol”.

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