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Three die and over 100 injured while repairing homes in typhoon-hit Chiba

Kyodo

At least three people have died and 101 people were injured while attempting repairs on houses and other facilities in Chiba Prefecture after Typhoon Faxai pounded the Kanto region earlier this month, according to a Kyodo tally.

The prefectural government is calling on local residents to seek help from professionals who can safely repair damaged roofs.

According to the tally, which is based on information from local fire departments, a 61-year-old man died after a fall while trying to repair the roof of his house in the city of Kimitsu on Sept. 10.

In the city of Isumi, a 94-year-old man was confirmed dead on Tuesday after falling from his roof while attempting to repair tiles. In Ichihara, a man was found dead on Sept. 11, apparently after falling from a second-floor rooftop onto a section of roof over the first floor of the building.

In addition to the three deaths, many people were injured while working to repair roofs or drainpipes. Some fell from ladders during such efforts.

According to the prefectural government, about 6,300 houses are known to have been damaged by strong winds as Typhoon Faxai devastated the area on Sept. 9.

The figure is expected to rise as local authorities acquire a full picture of the storm damage, particularly in the hard-hit southern area of the Boso Peninsula.

At the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo, Chiba Gov. Kensaku Morita met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday and asked for the early designation of the typhoon as a serious disaster so that the central government can financially assist local government reconstruction efforts.

Abe told Morita that the government is doing its utmost.

In Chiba, a water outage continued to affect around 5,000 households in the prefecture Thursday, as blackouts prevented pumps from drawing water from rivers and underground sources.

Roughly 30,000 households were also without power 10 days after the typhoon ripped through the region, while Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. scrambled to restore its damaged power grid, aiming for a full resumption by Sept. 27.

Most of the households without running water were in Kimitsu, with around 500 households in Minamiboso also affected, according to the Chiba Prefectural Government.

The prolonged water and power outages have left many residents weary and frustrated, while a water service company covering four cities in Chiba Prefecture said resolving the power outage would not immediately restore water.

“Even after the power outage is resolved, work will remain, such as storing water in distribution reservoirs and cleaning water pipes, so it will take some time before people can actually start using water at home,” said Kazuyuki Hirano, an official of the company.

Meanwhile, running water was restored Wednesday to the entire town of Tako, where about 4,000 households, or nearly 70 percent of the municipality’s households, had had supplies cut off at one point.

“Stress built up each day as I was unable to use water to flush the toilet and take a bath,” said a 71-year-old man who was among those affected.

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