Residents on the storm-battered island of Izu Oshima returned home on Monday after having been evacuated to Tokyo last Friday.
About 800 of the island’s 8,000-strong population had to leave their homes for fear of landslides after the the island was devastated by a typhoon on Oct 16. Most stayed in shelters on the island, while the elderly were taken to Tokyo. On Monday afternoon, ferries started bringing them back to the island.
The evacuation advisory issued to around 2,300 residents on the typhoon-hit island of Izu Oshima was lifted on Monday morning amid improved weather condition, allowing local authorities to resume the suspended search for the missing.
The municipal government of Oshima issued the evacuation advisory on Saturday as the prospect of more heavy rain was feared to worsen the situation on the island, south of Tokyo. While the advisory was in effect, the search for 19 missing people was suspended.
As of Sunday night, some 590 evacuees were in shelters.