Typhoon Reveals Safety Standards, Facility Renewal Issues

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Tokyo, Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)--Typhoon Faxai, which caused extensive and prolonged power outages in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, has highlighted problems involving safety standards and facility renewal.

A focus is on whether lessons learned from the typhoon can be used in the future at a time when the severity of natural disasters has intensified amid global climate change.

One of the reasons why the blackouts spread to wider areas is the collapse of two steel towers in the city of Kimitsu, Chiba, which is estimated to have cut electricity to 100,000 households.

A total of up to 930,000 households suffered blackouts due to the latest typhoon, the 15th of the year.

As it takes a long time to fix the steel towers, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> has recovered electricity supply to affected households by using unconventional transmission routes.

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