MIYAZAKI, Oct. 2 ― Typhoon Trami hammered Japan’s southern islands, including Kyushu, before making high winds and heavy rain in mainland Japan during the final weekend of September.
As a result of Trami, there have been widespread power failures in Kyushu and Okinawa islands, local utility companies said.
The storm has moved out of the area, leaving behind massive destruction, including the region’s agriculture industry.
Yoshiufmi Inoue, an 80-year-old farmer in Miyazaki prefecture, found some of his dairy barn’s roof disappeared and a falling utility pole crashed into another part of the roof.
“I was very worried if my cows would be electrocuted,” until the local utility cut the power from the pole in the following day, Inoue said. “I’m afraid our barn won’t make it when the next natural disaster hits here.”
Roads were also damaged or flooded, which have made it difficult to get feed to livestock operations and to bring in fuel to run backup generators at farm houses and barns.
Typhoon Trami is the latest in a string of extreme natural disaster in Japan, which has been hit hard by flooding, earthquake and heatwaves in recent months.