Nanmadol causes power outages, cell phone disruptions

NHK -- Sep 20

Power outages and disruptions to cell phone services continue across the nation in the wake of Typhoon Nanmadol.

In Kyushu, where the storm first made landfall on Sunday, the regional utility says more than 120,000 households were without power as of Tuesday morning.

As of noon, the utility said that about 96,000 households were still without electricity.

Power outages have also been reported nationwide, including in prefectures neighboring Tokyo, such as Chiba, Saitama and Yamanashi.

Cell phone services are gradually being restored in Kyushu, but access remains affected in other parts of western Japan. Disruptions are also being reported in central Japan.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu told reporters that he understands efforts are being made to restore electricity in Kyushu by Wednesday, except in areas that are inaccessible.

Matsuno also said the government will continue to exercise utmost vigilance in its disaster response, while seeking the prompt restoration of essential services.