Violent Typhoon Jebi Kills 7 People in Western Japan


Tokyo, Sept. 4 (Jiji Press)--Very strong Typhoon Jebi killed seven people and injured many others mainly in the Kinki western Japan region on Tuesday, as it swept through the region before reaching the Sea of Japan.

Of the seven victims, a 71-year-old man died after being hit by a falling steel beam following the collapse of a warehouse in Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture. Another man in his 70s died afer falling from the rooftop of his house in Yokkaichi, Mie Preafecture.

The other five died in Osaka Prefecture, including a man in his 70s who fell from the balcony of his home and a woman in her 70s who was hit by a corrugated metal plate.

Among the injured in Kinki, two people in their 70s to 80s broke their bones in Hyogo Prefecture and two others had their heads cut by glass fragments in JR Kyoto Station.

According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, some 16,000 people were staying in shelters in 20 prefectures as of 7 p.m. (10 a.m. GMT).

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