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Published on : Monday, August 22, 2016
A strong typhoon ‘Mindulle’, which brought heavy rains and gusts near Tokyo, forced over 400 flights to be grounded as the authorities issued warnings of landslides and flooding throughout the region. The typhoon hit the Tateyama city in the south-east of Tokyo around 12:30 pm.
The weather agency issued a warning and asked people to exercise caution for landslides, violent wind, surging rivers, flooding in low-lying areas and high waves.
The wind was howling and spreading devastation at a speed up to 180 km per hour and it was heading north at a speed of 20 km per hour. In the greater Tokyo region, the rivers were found to be swelled up due to heavy downpour.
Throughout the country, almost 425 flights were cancelled due to the violent storm. Most of those flights were to and from the Haneda airport in Tokyo.
According to Japan Airlines, their 185 cancelled domestic flights affected almost 33,692 customers. All Nippon Airways also cancelled about 112 domestic flights, which affected 26,500 passengers of the airline.
While hundreds of flights were being cancelled due to rough weather, the East Japan Railway confirmed that most of the major train services including the bullet trains, operated normally throughout the region. But, some of those services suffered delays and temporary stoppages.
According to the local Hokkaido government, the storm caused three minor injuries so far.