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1,044 Chinese tourists evacuated from typhoon-hit Japan

(People's Daily Online)    17:14, September 06, 2018

(Photo provided by Chinese Consulate-General in Osaka)

The Chinese Consulate-General in Osaka has helped to evacuate a total of 1,044 Chinese tourists as of Thursday morning, after typhoon Jebi slammed into western Japan.

The tourists, including 117 from Hong Kong, five from Macao and 32 from Taiwan, have been safely evacuated from Kansai International Airport in western Japan.

About 3,000 tourists, including more than 750 Chinese tourists, were stranded by Jebi, the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years, after the Kansai Airport announced its decision to close from 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Some of those stranded were rescued by buses and ferries directly from the airport, while a large number remained stuck there due to capacity limits.

After the incident, the Chinese Consulate immediately launched its own contingency plan, and sent the first working group to the area on Wednesday morning, to learn more about the situation and negotiate rescue plans with the Japanese side, according to the Consulate-General in Osaka.

The rescue work for Chinese tourists started from 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday thanks to the proactive coordination of Chinese teams.

It was beyond expectation that the Chinese Consulate would dispatch vehicles to join in the evacuation, a Chinese tourist told, adding that they are proud to have a Chinese passport, and without their homeland's help, stranded Chinese tourists may have had to wait as long as five days to be rescued.

All consulate staff in Osaka went to help on the front line, leaving only one diplomatic attaché in the consulate to take phone calls, Beijing Time reported.

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