Typhoon Neoguri leaves 40 people injured and 2.2 billion yen in agricultural damage

July 11, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Typhoon Neoguri, which is called No. 8 in Japan, caused heavy damage in Okinawa on July 10. It was the first time Japan used a special danger alert.

On Tokashiki Island, the meteorological observatory measured a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 53 kilometers per hour on July 8. Giant waves generated by the super typhoon swept away some concrete blocks of the breakwater at the harbor mouth, which hindered the route of ferryboats. The ferryboats were suspended from operations on July 10. According to the Ryukyu Shimpo, the number of wounded caused by the typhoon, including one newly confirmed injury involving a person in a traffic accident caused by high wind, amounted to 40 people. On July 10, the Okinawa Prefectural Government estimated the damage to agricultural products such as mango and sugar cane at about 2.2 billion yen, which was revised up from an initial estimate of about 1.1 billion yen.

Each municipality issued evacuation advisories based on the government’s special alarm announcement from July 7. About 248,000 households and about 598,000 people in 20 municipalities were advised to evacuate. About 30 people in 11 households at Adaniya area in Kitanakagusuku were told to evacuate from their homes on July 10, because a landslide had occurred on the previous day.

About 107,300 households had power failure across Okinawa, including the islands near the main Island and Miyokojima regions, due to the effects of strong winds and heavy rain. On July 10, about 3,000 households lost power in the central and northern areas in the main Island, but recovered from the power failure at around 7:00 p.m. on the same day.

According to the Okinawa Prefectural Government, during three days from July 7 and 9, at least 122 households had inundation damage above or under the floor levels of their buildings, and landslides occurred at 84 locations in the central and northern part of the main Island. Twenty-six vehicles had damages from being toppled on their sides in the strong wind.

(English translation by T&CT)

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