Kansai airport remains closed after typhoon

Kansai airport remains closed after typhoon

Efforts are underway to tackle ongoing devastation in western Japan following Typhoon Jebi. The vicious storm left 11 people dead and more than 600 others injured. It badly damaged one of the country's key airports. And now a push is on to get it back up and running.

Kansai International Airport was flooded by a storm surge on Tuesday. It's still closed and all flights are cancelled.

Officials say power is still out in parts of the terminal buildings. They add it's unclear when the airport will open again.

About 3,000 travelers were forced to spend the night at the airport.

But now they're being shuttled to the mainland by busses and ferries. But it's been a long ordeal.

A man in his 50s says, "The long line for the bus makes me more tired."

A woman in her 30s says, "My flight was canceled at about 4 or 5 o'clock, so I had to stay at the airport. But I'm glad to go home."

Meanwhile, Coast Guard officials are investigating why a fuel tanker slammed into the airport's only bridge to the mainland.

The tanker's 11 crew members had to be rescued, but no one was hurt in the crash. The collision completely cut off one side of the bridge.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered government officials to do all they can to re-open the airport as soon as possible.