Thousands Evacuated as Typhoon Man-Yi Brings Flooding to Japan

As many as 560,000 people in the cities of Kyoto and Osaka were ordered or advised to evacuate as rains brought by Typhoon Man-Yi caused flooding, Japanese media reported.

The Katsura river in Kyoto flooded in two areas around 10 a.m. today, forcing tourists at hotels to escape by boats, while members of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces were dispatched to pile sandbags, the Asahi newspaper said. Evacuation advisories were lifted in some areas of Kyoto as of 2:20 p.m. local time today, according to the city’s website.

Man-Yi, the 18th typhoon this season, was near Kumagaya, north of Tokyo, as of noon and is headed northwest at about 55 kilometers per hour (34 miles per hour) as of 12:45 p.m., the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its website. The maximum wind gust speed was 35 meters a second, it said.

Central Japan Railway Co. (9022) suspended operations of more than 80 bullet trains between Tokyo and Osaka as of 1:30 p.m. local time because of high water levels in a river, the company said on its website today.

More than 100 domestic flights in and out of Tokyo’s Haneda airport operated by Japan Airlines Co. (9201), and more than 150 domestic flights to and from the airport by ANA Holdings Inc. (9202), were canceled today as of 12:57 p.m., according to the airport’s website.

Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear-power plant, planned to drain rainwater from a site where it stores irradiated water in tanks, due to rising levels caused by the typhoon, it said in a statement.

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