Nepal Sarokar

Typhoon Chaba returns to Japan

Tokyo-Typhoon Chaba is approaching the Japanese archipelago again after losing its intensity and having hit South Korea the day before, leaving at least five people dead, five missing and causing serious destruction.

Chaba, the 18th typhoon in the 2016 Pacific typhoon season, was on Thursday morning moving northeasterly, with its centre about 200km from Japan’s western coast, lowered, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The storm is producing wind gusts of up to 120kph in the western prefecture of Toyama, as well as strong waves and torrential rain in other western and northwestern regions of Japan.

The authorities have issued new flood and landslide warnings due to the passage of Chaba, after on Tuesday more than 200 flights were cancelled and tens of thousands of people were evacuated in the southern Japanese island of Okinawa as a result of the typhoon.

In South Korea on Wednesday, the storm killed at least five people and some are still missing in the southern cities of Busan and Ulsan, and on Jeju Island, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration in Seoul.

Schools were also closed, high-speed railway services, the KTX, were suspended, and 120 flights across the country were cancelled.

Some 7,500 hectares of crops were damaged by heavy rains and strong winds, while 508 houses and thousands of vehicles were totally or partially damaged.

The typhoon also led to the temporary closure of some of South Korean factories, such as the Hyundai Motor’s production line in Ulsan or the shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering in Geoje Island, near Busan.

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