The Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) has stated that it was resuming train services across Kyushu on Monday, September 8, following the passage of Typhoon Haishen. Emergency teams have begun to clear debris from areas affected by the passage of Haishen, which killed two people, injured 96 others, and left several others missing. Four of those missing were reported as a result of a landslide in the village of Shiba in Miyazaki prefecture.
Haishen temporarily caused hundreds of thousands of people to lose power as it skirted Kyushu between Sunday, September 6, and Monday, September 7. Over 500 flights were canceled between Kyushu and Okinawa.
The typhoon season lasts from May to October, whilst most storm systems form between July and September. In general, storms can bring heavy downpours and strong winds as well as trigger storm surges that threaten human populations and infrastructure. Secondary effects include riverine floods and landslides, both of which can result in human casualties and mass evacuations, as well as travel and service disruptions. Although storm systems usually affect southern Japan, other parts of the country are also vulnerable to these hazards.
Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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