Power Restoration Outlook in Chiba Pref. Improves Slightly

Economy

Tokyo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)--The number of municipalities in the typhoon-hit eastern Japan prefecture of Chiba where it will likely take until Sept. 27 at the latest for power supply to be restored now stands at 20, TEPCO Power Grid Inc. said Tuesday.

The estimated number of such Chiba municipalities decreased from the 22 as of Saturday night. The 20 municipalities include the city of Futtsu and the town of Kyonan, according to the unit of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501>.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday (2 p.m. GMT), some 55,600 households were out of electricity.

"We hope to resolve the power outages earlier in areas with relatively minor damage" from Typhoon Faxai, which struck the prefecture last week, TEPCO Power Grid senior engineer Kazuyuki Shiokawa, told a press conference on Tuesday night, stressing the company's intension to accelerate the power restoration work further.

The firm plans to distribute portable power generators and rechargers to municipalities where the recovery work is expected to take longer, as part of measures to support affected residents.

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