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Typhoon causes deaths and injuries

A particularly violent typhoon has caused heavy rains and strong storms in Japan. There are injuries and damage.

A man walks through Kagoshima on Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu in heavy rain and wind caused by Typhoon Nanmadol, September 18, 2022.

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(dpa) At least two people died in Japan in the unusually violent typhoon “Nanmadol” and dozens of other residents were injured. At least one other person was missing on Monday, local media reported. The power went out at times in hundreds of thousands of households, and rail and air traffic was affected. More than four million households on the hard-hit southwestern main island of Kyushu and in western Japan were called upon to seek shelter from the gusts of wind and heavy rain. The 14th typhoon of the season is likely to move northeast along the main island of Honshu with the capital Tokyo on Tuesday, the weather agency said.

This image taken by the Himawari satellite and made available by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) via Jiji Press shows Typhoon Nanmadol approaching the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan, September 18, 2022.

This image taken by the Himawari satellite and made available by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) via Jiji Press shows Typhoon Nanmadol approaching the island of Kyushu in southwestern Japan, September 18, 2022.

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It downgraded a weekend special warning for Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures in Kyushu against “unprecedented” squalls and waves, but warned residents in western and northern Japan of more violent winds, floods and landslides. Japanese television stations showed images of fallen trees, damaged house facades and flooded streets from Kyushu in the south-west. In Miyazaki Prefecture, Kyushu, a man was pulled unconscious from his flooded car in a field and later pronounced dead, local media reported. In Fukuoka Prefecture, a man collapsed on the way to a shelter. Any help came too late for him, too.

Authorities urged residents in areas in 14 prefectures, home to about 9.7 million people, to stay safe. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida meanwhile postponed his departure to the UN General Assembly in New York by one day to Tuesday to deal with the situation after the typhoon. The typhoon had been classified as unprecedentedly dangerous. In the past few weeks, heavy rainfall has repeatedly hit large parts of the Far East island kingdom and caused severe flooding in some cases. As a result of global warming, Japan is experiencing increasingly heavy rainfall. As a result, landslides are occurring more and more frequently in the very mountainous island state.

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