31 Mar '18, 7am

Super typhoon could flood one third of central Tokyo, city authority says

TOKYO (AFP) - A third of central Tokyo could be left under water and nearly four million people affected if a super typhoon strikes the capital causing storm surges, a new study from local authorities has warned. The Tokyo metropolitan government unveiled its first estimate of the Japanese capital's vulnerability to damage from typhoon-related high waves on Friday (March 30), as risks of storm damage continue to increase globally. According to the report, 212 square kilometres, or one third of the capital's central area, could be inundated to a maximum depth of 10 metres if a super typhoon creates a storm surge. A severe event of this type would be estimated to affect as many as 3.95 million people in the city, flooding business and entertainment districts as well as major railway stations, the local government said. Tokyo has a population of 13.7 million people. In partic...

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