About 30 residents of Izu Oshima island were evacuated on Wednesday (October 23) ahead of Typhoon Francisco, which is expected to hit the east coast of Japan over the next two days. The island, located 120 kilometres (74.5 miles) south of Tokyo, has a population of 8,500. About 550 people, including the elderly and disabled, were asked by authorities to evacuate, but only 30 turned up to leave on Wednesday. They boarded ships and headed for shelters on the mainland, local media reported.moreless
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