Typhoon “Faxai” caused serious damage to agriculture, forestry, and fishery, 67 000 homes still without power and 10 000 without water, Japan


More than a week after taking a direct hit by Typhoon "Faxai", Japan is still counting damage. The storm left agriculture, forestry, and fishery severely affected in Chiba Prefecture. More than 67 000 homes are still without power, down from 930 000, and 10 000 without water, as of September 17.

The typhoon blew away a total of 314 hectares (776 acres) of plastic greenhouses and damaged approximately 200 fishing boats, mainly in Futtsu and Kisarazu.

Officials said that the destruction on agriculture, forestry, and fishery had a staggering total of ¥19.3 billion ($178 million) as of Thursday, September 12. 

Agricultural facilities faced about ¥11.5 billion ($106.3 million) of damages.

Tomatoes had the worst damage, with a total of around ¥889 million ($8.2 million) among other agricultural produce in the prefecture. Carrots suffered about ¥751 million ($6.9 million), followed by pears with approximately ¥737 million ($6.8 million).

The numbers exceeded the previous record in October 2017, when two typhoons caused ¥4.6 billion ($42.5 million) worth of damages.

More than 67 000 households across the prefecture are still without power, down from 930 000 on September 9. This was the 15th typhoon of the 2019 Pacific typhoon season and 9th to hit the prefecture since record-keeping began.

TEPCO said it could take until September 27 to fully restore the power grid.

Around 10 000 homes are still without running water.

The affected areas are now focusing on preventive measures to be used in the future.

Featured image credit: Typhoon "Faxai" at 22:00 UTC on September 8, 2019. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8

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