The typhoon that blew over Tokyo yesterday left a lot of flooding and damage stopping trains and traffic on flooded streets on its way to Hokkaido. In Kawasaki, 34,000 Japanese were apparently evacuated because of fears there would be mud slides because the soil was saturated from heavy rain. Where I live the river flooded and people living along its banks had to leave their first and second floor condominiums fearing the water would surge to the first floor like it did several years ago. The typhoon that hit Tokyo a few years ago took out the large park close by here and the park had to be rebuilt including baseball fields, soccer fields and tennis courts. When the water receded from the park there were car tires, bicycles, chunks of cars, tree branches and garbage strewn all over the park washed down from the river banks. Streets in the area were flooded and most traffic had to be diverted. I spent most of the day yesterday down by the river in the heavy rain enjoying the day.
Japan Evacuates Over 34,000 People in Kawasaki City Due to Landslide Threat
August 22, 2016)
TOKYO (Sputnik) – According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, typhoon Mindulle engulfed the Japanese central districts, including Tokyo on Monday afternoon. As a result, around 425 flights were canceled in the country and electricity has been cut off in some residential buildings.
Public transport disruptions affected an estimated 49,000 people around Tokyo and Shizuoka prefecture. The prefecture’s city of Izu has been hit by August’s record high precipitation, while the wind’s speed has reached about 114 miles per hour.
Meteorologists say the Mindulle will reach Hokkaido, the second largest Japanese island on Tuesday and will move towards Russia’s island of Sakhalin in the North Pacific Ocean, the media outlet added. The Hokkaido authorities recommend its residents who live near rivers to evacuate.