A powerful typhoon raged towards Japan on Saturday, prompting local authorities to issue early evacuation orders, with western areas recently being devastated by floods and landslides in the crosshairs of the storm.
Typhoon Jongdari, which winds up to 1
Waves opening in Shimoda, southwest of Tokyo, on rocks and embankments, and trees struck by strong winds and heavy rain.
The storm, which is currently around 200 kilometers south of Tokyo, is expected to land on Sunday in western Chugoku, where record-breaking rain unleashed floods and landslides earlier this month, killing around 220 people and leaving over 4,000 survivors left still living in shelters.
Weather agency warned of heavy rains, landslides, high winds and high waves
"We want people in rain-affected areas to pay special attention to evacuation consultations," said Minako Sakurai, the meteorological agency's Ministry Officer
The western city of Shobara in Hiroshima Prefecture issued a precautionary evacuation order to 36,400 inhabitants, it said.
TV footage showed workers and residents hastily piled up sandbags to build temporary barriers against potential floods
"Although it has not rained here, we are forcing people to evacuate before it gets dark," Masaharu said Kataoka, a city official, told AFP.
More evacuation orders and recommendations were issued in western Japan Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture, where 6,380 people were forced to evacuate, it said in news reports.
In Japan, evacuation orders are not compulsory, and people often stay home and are later held captive by rapidly rising water or sudden landslides  "There will be a double blow," a resident of Okayama told the public Transmitter NHK and referred thereby to the recent killer rain and the onset typhoon.
"We are seriously concerned," he said
More than 410 domestic flights have been canceled so far because of the typhoon Jongdari, while ferry connections between Tokyo and the surrounding islands were also canceled due to high waves, it said in news reports.
The floods in the Chugoku region have been Japan's worst weather-related disaster for decades, and many residents of the affected areas still live in shelters or damaged homes.
"We are ready to evacuate residents 24 hours a day," said Tadahiko Mizushima, Okayama Prefecture official in Chugoku, AFP
"We pay special attention to the areas where river restoration is under way because this would be the first heavy rainfall since the disaster. "
Officials are extra cautious after the deadly rains People did not pay attention to evacuation orders and were trapped in the trap. Some critics said the orders had been issued too late.
"We fear that people will not be able to block evacuation routes due to strong winds or floods," said Hiroshima Governor Hidehiko Yuzaki to journalists.
People who need to be evacuated in advance to save their lives, "Yuzaki said.
Japan is now in typhoon season and is regularly hit by major storm systems in the summer and fall.
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