Blackout May Last Another Week In Flooded Areas

Blackout may last another week in flooded areas

Japan's industry minister Isshu Sugawara has indicated that areas severely flooded by Typhoon Hagibis could remain without electricity for more than a week.

Sugawara told reporters on Tuesday that power companies have reported that it would take a week or so after the waters recede to restore power in those areas.

He said the number of households without power stood at 34,000 as of 7 a.m. Tuesday, down from a peak of 520,000.

The minister said 16,000 of the affected homes are in Chiba Prefecture, which neighbors Tokyo, and 12,000 are in Nagano Prefecture, northwest of the capital.