“Postwar World’s Largest” 27 years ago Typhoon 13 landed in Kagoshima Lessons learned by bereaved families

“Greatest after the war” 27 years ago Typhoon 13 landed in Kagoshima Lessons learned by the bereaved September 4 18:08 This typhoon No. 10 is being called up by the Japan Meteorological Agency for the greatest caution.
Twenty-seven years ago, a very strong typhoon, which was said to be one of the “largest after the war,” landed in Kagoshima Prefecture, causing serious damage.
At this time, the evacuation site, which was considered to be a safe place in the area, was damaged by the landslide disaster, and many lives were lost.
A man who lost his parents to a typhoon complained, “Imagine all kinds of disasters, and want to act early to save my life.” Twenty-seven years ago, on September 3, 1993, Typhoon No. 13, which was said to be “the largest postwar era” at that time, landed in Kagoshima Prefecture with a very powerful force, comparable to Typhoon No. 10 this time.

In the current Ogiyama district of Kinmine-cho, Minami-Satsuma City, a landslide disaster occurred on the back mountain of a building where 20 people, including junior high school students and senior citizens, were evacuated, killing all those who were close to them.

According to Kazuhiro Haraguchi (66) of Minami-Satsuma City, who lost his parents in this disaster, the community shelter that was designated as an evacuation center in the area at that time was a public hall about 3 km away from the village.

However, in the district, 20 people including Mr. Haraguchi’s parents and junior high school students have evacuated because they decided to use a private house in the village as an evacuation site, which is closer to the public hall in the area.

According to Mr. Haraguchi, at that time, there was a strong image of the damage caused by the storm before the approach of the typhoon. I think everyone knew that they could protect themselves from the storm.”

However, it rained heavily and the back slope collapsed that evening.

The wind and rain were strong at that time, and it was already difficult to evacuate to another place.

Mr. Haraguchi said, “I can’t forget the faces of my deceased parents, neighbors, and the bereaved family and everyone in the community who still feel sad. We are approaching, but assuming all kinds of disasters, we can only protect ourselves so that such damage will never happen again, so we want you to evacuate early and save your life.”