Typhoon Trami claims another 'victim' as giant Goddess of Mercy statue topples face-down in Okinawa

Typhoon Trami claims another 'victim' as giant Goddess of Mercy statue topples face-down in Okinawa
PHOTO: Reddit

Typhoon Trami pummelled Japan and its outlying islands including Okinawa over the weekend, killing four and injuring more than 120 people. 

Turns out, even the Goddess of Mercy was no match for the powerful storm.

A photo that began circulating on Sunday (Sept 30) showed the 38-metre tall (about 8 stories high) Buddhist statue laying broken, face-down on the ground.

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According to Sinchew Daily, the Kannon Bodhisattva (as the Goddess of Mercy is known in Japan) was officially unveiled only earlier this year at its current location in Okinawa's South East Botanical Gardens, after being relocated from Fukuoka.

Here's what it looked like in its former glory:

Online, users on Reddit had a field day discussing the unfortunate "face-plant".

The fall was even more regrettable, given that the structure had reportedly been reinforced with steel bars with the exact intention of protecting it from natural calamities.

Damages to the gold leaf-covered statue are estimated to hover around the 100 million yen (S$1.2 million) mark. But knowing how well-known the Japanese are for their efficiency, we're sure this Goddess will be back upright in no time. 

Powerful Typhoon Trami batters Japan

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    Four people have been killed in a powerful typhoon that battered Japan over the weekend, local media reported Monday, as the storm's aftermath brought travel chaos to Tokyo.

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    By Monday morning, Typhoon Trami had cleared Japan, but its powerful winds and heavy rainfall caused damage that blocked roads and train lines.

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    Local officials and police earlier said one of the dead was engulfed by a landslide in western Japan's Tottori and another drowned in high waters in Yamanashi, west of Tokyo.

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    More than 120 people were injured in the powerful storm, public broadcaster NHK said.

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    Trami made landfall in western Japan Sunday night, bringing fierce winds and torrential rain to areas already battered by a string of recent extreme weather episodes.

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    The typhoon sparked travel disruption in the world's third-biggest economy on Sunday, with bullet train services suspended, more than 1,000 flights cancelled and Tokyo's evening train services scrapped.

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    The turmoil continued Monday, as fallen powerlines and trees blocked railway tracks and around 200 flights remained grounded.

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    Over 400,000 households, mainly in eastern Japan, were still without power on Monday morning.

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    After pummelling Japan's outlying islands including Okinawa, Trami made landfall south of the city of Osaka on Sunday night.

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    Local residents described "incredible winds and rain" that made it impossible to venture outside.

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    The capital avoided a direct hit in the storm, but still saw fearsome winds and lashing rain that left the streets deserted.

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    Trami is the latest in a string of extreme weather and natural disasters to hit Japan, which has suffered typhoons, flooding, earthquakes and heatwaves in recent months, claiming scores of lives and causing extensive damage.

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candicec@sph.com.sg

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