A week since Eastern Japan was hit by a powerful typhoon followed by severe flooding and tree-uprooting winds, at least 80,000 Japanese homes remain without any electricity, AFP reported.
Typhoon Faxai raged through the Tokyo region with record breaking winds that destroyed everything in its path, leaving hundreds stranded and local authorities issuing non-compulsory orders for mass evacuations.
Some 78,700 households were still without power in Chiba, southeast of the capital, Tokyo Electric Co. (TEPCO) spokesperson, Naoya Kondo, told AFP.
"A complete recovery is still unlikely until September 27th as we have difficulties in mountain areas," he added.
"A delay in recovery work is expected due to heavy rain," said Kenta Hirano, a disaster management official in Futtsu in Chiba, where more than 1,000 houses were damaged by the typhoon.
"We are at a loss as we can't live there again," a 66-year-old man told public broadcaster NHK after the typhoon ripped off the roof of his house.
Local media showed residents in Chiba hurriedly covering broken roofs with blue tarpaulins.