Typhoon Nanmadol hits Japan with record rainfall, killing two


Tokyo: At least two people were killed and 90 others were injured in Japan after one of Japan’s biggest storms, ‘Typhoon Nanmadol’, hit the country on Monday.

The storm brought fierce winds and record rainfall to the west of the country that caused transportation disruptions and forced manufacturers to suspend operations, according to reports.

Nine million people have been told to evacuate and more than 350,000 homes are without power.

Nanmadol made landfall near the city of Kagoshima on Sunday afternoon before hitting the western island of Kyushu and roaring into the main island of Honshu on Monday morning.

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delayed his trip to New York this week for the UN General Assembly to assess the damage from Japan’s 14th typhoon of the season.

“I postponed my scheduled departure from today to take stock of the damage caused by the typhoon and to take all possible measures for recovery,” Kishida told reporters on Monday evening, adding that he would leave on Tuesday morning if conditions permit.

Cars submerged by the floods

State broadcaster NHK said one man died when his car was submerged in a flood and another died after being buried in a landslide. One more person remains missing and 87 others are reported to have been injured.

The super typhoon packed gusts of up to 234 km/h (145 mph), destroying homes and disrupting transportation and businesses. It is equivalent to a category four or five hurricane.

“We need to remain very vigilant against heavy rains, storms, high waves and storm surges,” a Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) official told a news conference.

The capital, Tokyo, was hit by heavy rain with bullet train services, ferries and hundreds of flights canceled with shops and businesses closed.

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