Japan has been hit by its most powerful storm in a quarter of a century. Typhoon Jebi has raked the west of the country, killing at least 10 people and leaving a trail of destruction to infrastructure.

A major international airport at Kansai, which serves Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, was flooded:

Kansai airportImage copyrightREUTERS

Speedboats have been deployed to ferry thousands of stranded passengers from the airport in Osaka Bay:

Kansai airportImage copyrightAFP

The airport lost its link to the mainland when strong winds drove a tanker into a bridge:

Kansai airport bridgeImage copyrightREUTERS
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Buses, coaches, cars, lorries, cranes – all were brought down by Jebi.

Damaged cranes in NishinomiyaImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionDamaged cranes in Nishinomiya…
Vehicles blown over in OsakaImage copyrightREUTERS
Image caption… and vehicles blown over in Osaka

Blackouts have been reported due to cut power lines, with the storm closing business and schools in affected areas.

Emergency teams will have their work cut out to restore services:

A mangled street in Osaka, one of Japan's major manufacturing areasImage copyrightEPA
Image captionA mangled street in Osaka, one of Japan’s major manufacturing areas
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Heavy rain and wind near Osaka stationImage copyrightEPA
Image captionHeavy rain and wind near Osaka station
Waves triggered by Jebi in Aki, Kochi prefectureImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionWaves triggered by Jebi in Aki in Kochi prefecture
Containers scattered like Lego bricks in Osaka's portImage copyrightEPA
Image captionContainers scattered like Lego bricks in Osaka’s port

Japan is regularly hit by typhoons. In 2011, Typhoon Talas killed at least 82 people and in 2013 a storm near Tokyo left 40 people dead.

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