Typhoon Jebi Leaves 3,000 Stranded at Western Japan Airport

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Osaka, Sept. 5 (Jiji Press)--More than 3,000 people remained stranded early Wednesday morning at Kansai International Airport, which was hit by severe flooding as Typhoon Jebi ripped through western Japan on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the 21st typhoon of the year rose to 11, including those killed in the western prefectures of Osaka and Shiga as well as Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.

On Wednesday morning, passengers and others started leaving the airport on a manmade island mainly by ship. The key gateway to western Japan was isolated because the bridge connecting the island and the mainland was damaged by a tanker that crashed into it due to strong winds from the typhoon.

It is uncertain when the airport will reopen. Negative economic effects would be significant if the airport, which more than 70,000 passengers use daily, remains closed for a long time.

The government has set up a task force at the prime minister's office to ensure the airport is reopened soon, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference in Tokyo.

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