Two dead, power out after Japan typhoon

  • Sep 11, 2019
  • SBS

Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power is struggling to restore power to nearly half a million homes after outages caused by Typhoon Faxai, while at least two people have died because of a lack of electricity.

Typhoon Faxai hit the capital and surrounding regions with destructive winds of up to 216km/h in the early hours of Monday morning, causing at least one death, damage, transport chaos and power outages.

Tokyo Electric, Japan's biggest power provider, usually referred to as Tepco, may not be able to restore power to all households on Wednesday, Kyodo News said, citing the company.

National broadcaster NHK said two people in Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo died from heat stroke due to a lack of power for air conditioning, as temperatures rose sharply after the typhoon.

"As a result of the restoration work, the number of households without power becomes approximately 456,100 as of 10am," Tepco said in a Twitter post.

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