Photo/IllutrationThe international cargo area of Kansai International Airport is submerged during Typhoon No. 21 on Sept. 4. (Provided by Kansai Airports)

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With resumption of operations of Terminal 1 at Kansai International Airport expected in a few days, workers were busy on Sept. 11 checking the extent of flood damage and drying out rooms.

The airport, a gateway to western Japan, was inundated with floodwater brought about by high waves whipped up by Typhoon No. 21 on Sept. 4. It was open to the media for the first time on Sept. 11.

In Terminal 1, three of six basement electrical rooms were flooded, as water flowed over metal walls installed to hold floodwater back. In the basement passageway, the water reached a height of about 80 centimeters.

On Sept. 11, staff were drying power control panels through the use of electrical fans.

On the first runway, aircraft refueling facilities were submerged. Staff have confirmed that water had not contaminated the fuel around Terminal 1.

Operator Kansai Airports hopes to resume operations of Terminal 1 around Sept. 14.

A large volume of seawater also flowed into the 37-hectare international cargo area on Phase I airport island, flooding a number of warehouses.

A temperature-controlled warehouse used exclusively for pharmaceutical products was rendered unusable due to flooding.

Staff are checking the extent of the damage to 37 tons of pharmaceutical products in the warehouse.