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Tyhoon Nari causes damage around islands

Date Posted: 2001-09-21

Typhoon Nari that stayed around Okinawa for almost a week until Thursday caused considerable damage to Okinawa Island, Kume Island and Kerama Islands.

In Tokashiki Island, many parts of the only road that connects Tokashiki and Aharen villages were sunk over a stretch of about one hundred meters, and at some points, the landslides fell for up to one hundred meters downhill. Aharen district had been isolated since then.

In Tonaki Island located between Kume Island and the Keramas, twenty houses collapsed completely and 37 others were partially destroyed. More than fifty were flooded above the floor level and many areas were completely under water. The roof of the Tonaki elementary and junior high school was mostly blown away and its windows were scattered over the schoolyard. The electricity was restored to most areas by Friday but it will take longer to secure the water supply.

According to the Okinawa Prefectural Office, Disaster Prevention Section, four people were injured, 154 residential buildings suffered structural damage, 928 houses were flooded, 81 people had to seek shelter outside their homes, 72 boats were damaged, flipped over or sunk, 716 cars were damaged, 36 locations had land slides, and 25,000 households were without electricity, as reported on Sep 13.

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