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Typhoon Tokage injures eight, destroys bridge on Zamami

Date Posted: 2004-10-22

Typhoon Tokage that passed right over Okinawa Main Island Tuesday, spared the main island from significant damage but wreaked havoc on lives of people residing on smaller outer islands.

The eye of the typhoon passed right over Okinawa reaching Naha City at 1 p.m., Nago at 4:30 p.m. and northern Okinawa at 5:30 p.m.

The typhoon inflicted perhaps the biggest damage at Zamami where a 80-meter long bridge between Aka and Kerama Islands was completely washed away by tide surge and high waves.

In Gushikami Village Fishing Port on northern part of Okinawa, 21 boats sustained significant damage.

Seven people suffered minor injuries. More than 12,000 residents were without power and eight homes in Nakagusuku Village were flooded.

A bigger problem for people on outer islands was the fact that high waves cut off their ferry connection as early as a week earlier. The ferry traveling between Naha and Aguni Island stopped on Wednesday, Oct. 13 leaving island residents without rice and vegetables. The Ryukyu Air Commuter flights brought some supplies but the flights had to be stopped Monday. According a spokesman at the village office most people survived on canned foods that they had stocked beforehand.

Zamami Village office also reported some shortages of fresh foodstuffs but added that all local hotels were well stocked and did not have any trouble meeting the demand.

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