Homeless denied typhoon refuge

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 16 Oct 2019

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised to take action after reports emerged of two homeless men being denied access to a Tokyo typhoon shelter as a powerful storm, which killed more than 70 people, battered Japan.

The men had sought refuge when typhoon Hagibis made landfall and barrelled through the capital. They were refused entry because the shelters were meant for residents of the ward.

Asked about the incident, Abe told parliament the homeless men should have been given refuge.

"Shelters are supposed to be set up for the purpose of protecting lives of affected people," Abe said.

"It is desirable to accept all affected people in shelters," he said, adding he would take measures to prevent similar cases.

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