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Japan's Tepco struggles to restore power after typhoon as two die - media

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Japan's Tepco struggles to restore power after typhoon as two die - media
FILE PHOTO: A man reads a book using a light emitted by vehicle in a blackout caused by Typhoon Faxai in Kisarazu, Chiba prefecture, Japan September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato   -   Copyright  ISSEI KATO(Reuters)

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese utility Tokyo Electric Power is struggling to restore power to nearly half a million homes after outages caused by Typhoon Faxai, while at least two people have died because of a lack of electricity, media said on Wednesday.

Typhoon Faxai hit the capital and surrounding regions with destructive winds of up to 216 kph (134 mph) in the early hours of Monday morning, causing at least one death, damage, transport chaos and power outages.

Tokyo Electric, Japan’s biggest power provider, usually referred to as Tepco, may not be able to restore power to all households on Wednesday, Kyodo News said, citing the company.

National broadcaster NHK said two people in Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo died from heatstroke due to a lack of power for airconditioning, as temperatures rose sharply after the typhoon.

“As a result of the restoration work, the number of households without power becomes approximately 456,100 as of 10:00 a.m.,” Tepco said in a Twitter post.

“We will continue making every effort to restore power as quickly as possible.”

(Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick and Junko Fujita; Editing by Michael Perry)