TOKYO – Singaporeans who were in Tokyo last Saturday (Oct 12), when the Japanese capital was battered by the worst storm in decades, hunkered down and stayed indoors on the weatherman’s advice. Madam Samsiah Suliman, whose satay business Jumain Sataysfaction was taking part in a Taste Of Singapore pop-up food event, told The Straits Times that she knew the typhoon was serious when she realised her Japanese friends were also nervous. The 51-year-old, who returned to Singapore on Tuesday after nearly two weeks in the Japanese capital, went on a shopping binge at a supermarket. “We don’t have disasters in Singapore and so the question was how much food should I stock up,” said Madam Samsiah, who was in Tokyo with her husband. “Everybody was buying so much that you begin to worry if you have sufficient supplies. Maybe we overdid it, but it was better to be safe.” Shelves at many supermarkets and hardware stores were wiped clean of supplies including groceries, bottled water, masking tape, batteries and gas cylinders by last Friday. The storm left a trail of devastation in its wake, with figures last night showing at least 75 people killed, 16 missing and 228 injured. …. Read full this story
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