Typhoon disaster in Japan, TEPCO, government fail

This 9 September 2019 video says about itself:

Typhoon Faxai lashes Tokyo, cutting power and transport

Japan is reeling from a powerful typhoon that has killed at least two people and injured dozens. Typhoon Faxai slammed into the greater Tokyo area and pounded the region with strong winds and torrential rain. Around 2,000 people had to be ordered to evacuate because of the danger of landslides. More than 130 flights were cancelled and many train lines were closed for hours, disrupting commute for millions.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Twelve days after the hurricane Faxai, 45,000 households in Japan are still without electric power. The Japanese energy company TEPCO reports this.

This is the same TEPCO which refused to pay for anti-tsunami measures at the Fukushima nuclear plant; which led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster which still continues.

In the country there is criticism of the repair work after the natural disaster.

TEPCO admits that the effects of the hurricane have been underestimated. “It’s worse than we thought”, says a spokesman. According to him, some affected areas were only reached late and it turned out that many posts and power lines had fallen over.

12,000 TEPCO employees were sent to the affected Chiba region, east of Tokyo, to repair the damage. But according to the energy company, it will take until at least 27 September until the power supply will be completely restored.

Poorly prepared

The major electricity problems are partly due to the fact that almost all power lines in Japan are above ground, but Japanese experts also think that the government and utility corporations were poorly prepared.

“They were too optimistic and did not start from the worst case scenario,” says a retired professor who specializes in disaster management. According to him, tree branches could, for example, have been preventively cut off so that they could not fall on the cables.

A government spokesman disagrees with the criticism. …

This is the right-wing Abe government which is in denial about the gravity of the Fukushima disaster.

More homes damaged

Faxai achieved wind speeds of more than 200 kilometers per hour. There was also a lot of rain. After the hurricane a dead person was reported: a woman was blown against a wall by the strong wind.

Initially it was reported that 4000 houses were damaged in the Chiba region, but that number has been adjusted to 20,000. Residents tell Japanese media that things are tough after the disaster. “Many houses still have no electricity and the roofs have been washed away. People live on the ground floors and make the best of it.”

After the hurricane a heat wave broke out, while due to power outages many air conditioners did not work. Two people died of heat stroke.

Accidents during recovery

Also, three people have died since the hurricane due to accidents in repairing their homes. More than a hundred people were injured. Many victims fell from great heights while repairing their roofs. Among the dead is a 94-year-old man who fell off his roof.

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