Disaster waste left by Typhoon Hagibis troubles Japan

  • Monday 21, October 2019 11:49 AM
  • Disaster waste left by Typhoon Hagibis troubles Japan
Sharjah24 - Reuters: Large amounts of post-typhoon waste is troubling Japan, as it continues to grapple with it in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis that battered the country a week ago and caused extensive flooding.
In the city of Nagano, one of the hardest hit areas during the natural hazard, three temporary disaster waste dumps were opened to meet the growing need for waste disposal from residents.

Workers at one of the waste dumps located in northeast suburban Nagano said they received a daily average of 1,000 vehicles for waste discard ever since it opened on Wednesday.

Large wastes like furniture, home appliances and quilts are categorised as oversized trash and residents need to pay for the disposal of such waste.

However, as Hagibis has produced too many wastes in the city, such temporary dumps for disaster waste open free to typhoon-affected people.

"Several thousands of homes were flooded and people cannot live in anymore, as their clothings, furniture and many other things are destroyed. They cannot go back to normal life if they don't clear away the waste. So everyone is throwing away waste here," said Naritaka Yamagishi, an official with the waste disposal department of the city's environmental authorities.

The typhoon-triggered floods in the most severely hit parts of Nagano did not recede after inundating the city for three days, which also created notable health hazards.