Many Households Still Without Power

Many households still without power

Over half a million households and businesses mainly in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, remain without power one day after Typhoon Faxai struck.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says the outage continues for about 575,000 households and businesses in Chiba and other prefectures in the Kanto region, and Shizuoka Prefecture, as of 6:30 p.m on Tuesday.

Over 540,000 of the households and businesses are in Chiba, where the typhoon severely damaged utility poles and cables.

TEPCO says power should be restored in Ibaraki, Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures on Tuesday, but not in Chiba.

The firm says it will work all night to try to restore power on Wednesday. It adds that about 1,400 employees from other power companies are helping with the recovery work.

TEPCO is also working with other firms to mobilize over 250 power-supply vehicles to areas mainly in Chiba.