An evacuation center in Tokyo turned away two homeless people as a deadly typhoon approached on the weekend, prompting widespread criticism and a promise from the prime minister on Tuesday that it would not happen again.

Staff at the evacuation center at a school in Taito Ward refused to let the two in on Saturday because they did not have addresses in the area, a ward official said. Staff told them the shelter was only for ward residents, he said.

"The wind was strong and it was raining, and I wanted them to let me in," a 64-year-old homeless man told the Asahi Shimbun.