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Friday, September 23, 2011

Typhoon Roke in Nagoya

The powerful typhoon Roke (equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane) that has hit Japan over the last two days has caused 11 deaths so far with 4 people still missing.

Typhoon Roke Nagoya


Typhoon Roke wreaked havoc with transport systems and lead to the closing of schools, universities and businesses in the Nagoya area, as local authorities issued an evacuation order in certain areas.

Some flooding occurred in the Moriyama-ku and Kita-ku areas of the city but nothing on the scale of the 2000 typhoon or the more powerful Ise Bay Typhoon in 1959 that both hit the Chubu area.

Typhoon Roke Nagoya


Water levels rose dramatically on both the Shonai River and the Tenpaku River in Nagoya and workers sand-bagged the banks of the Shonai River in an attempt to prevent flooding.

Most rivers in Japan have their banks concreted in an attempt to prevent such typhoon flooding.

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