Published on Monday, October 14, 2019

Flights resume as Japan clears up after Typhoon Hagibis

At least 35 people were confirmed dead after Typhoon Hagibis slammed outlying areas around Tokyo.

View from the 40th floor of the Otani Hotel Tokyo on Saturday morming

The city itself was mostly spared damage but surrounding regions were hit hard, with people still cut off by raging floods and landslides.

It was one of the most violent storms in living memory, bringing wind speeds of more than 200kph.

Flights have now resumed at Tokyo's two airports but some remained cancelled on Monday.

Ahead of the storm, more than 1,500 flights had been grounded, impacting about 200,000 passengers.

Many ABTA delegates had stayed on after the Tokyo Convention to explore more the country and had their travel plans affected.

Some were travelling independently and had to get last minute train tickets to get to safer parts. Post Convention tours organised by the Japan National Tourist Office had to be cut short and re-arranged, with most delegates brought back to Tokyo. Any reservations for hotels near the waterfront were cancelled.

The whole city was shut down for more than 24 hours and visitors were told to stay safely inside their hotels. 

ANA had cancelled all its flights out of the Tokyo airports, and at Nagoya Chubu, and Osaka Kansai. There were knock-on delays to flights on Sunday.

Some intercity train services resumed on Monday.

However 10 bullet trains parked at a railyard near Nagano Station were badly damaged after become submerged in floodwaters.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "Although the typhoon has passed, there remains a severe risk of flooding and landslides. Monitor the warnings and advice given by local authorities."

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