One dead after typhoon hit Japan



One person was confirmed dead in Japan on Monday after Typhoon Nanmadol hit the country, injuring dozens, but authorities lowered warnings as the typhoon weakened after making landfall.

The storm system, which made landfall in Kagoshima, southern Kyushu, on Sunday night, was moving off the west coast of Japan on Monday afternoon.

Nearly six million people are still subject to evacuation warnings, and authorities in some areas have said that “even a very small amount of additional rain” can trigger flooding and landslides.

In Miyazaki Prefecture, some areas experienced more rain in 24 hours than usual in the entire month of September.

Authorities in Miyazaki have confirmed the death of a man in his 60s from the city of Miyakonogo after he was found in a car submerged on farmland.

In the western Fukuoka prefecture, officials said they are investigating whether there was an additional death linked to the storm.

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who was due to leave on Monday for the United Nations General Assembly, announced that he would postpone his trip by a day to assess the damage.

But given the intensity of the storm, which came ashore freezing with gusts of up to 234 kilometers (145 miles) per hour, the damage seemed relatively limited.

“The typhoon has almost disappeared today and the rain and wind are also receding,” an official in charge of crisis management in Saito, Miyazaki told AFP.

– “I didn’t feel safe at home’

In the town of Izumi, Kagoshima Prefecture, 30-year-old Yasuta Yamaguchi spent the night at a local hotel to take cover from the storm.

“I came to the hotel to shelter myself because it was windy and I thought it was dangerous,” he told AFP.

“I didn’t feel safe at home.”

By Monday afternoon, more than 240,000 households in Kyushu and the neighboring Chugoku region had lost power, the utilities said. Hundreds of flights have been canceled, and many train services have also been suspended across the affected areas.

By 4:00 p.m. (0700 GMT), the typhoon was moving from north to northeast off the coast of Shimane Prefecture on Japan’s western side, with maximum gusts of about 162 kilometers per hour, according to the JMA.

“The thick cloud and eye area around the hurricane’s center has already disappeared and is rapidly weakening,” Ryota Korura, head of the forecast unit at JMA told reporters.

Japan is currently experiencing typhoon season and experiences about 20 such storms annually, and routinely experiences heavy rain that causes landslides or flash floods.

In 2019, Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan where it hosted the Rugby World Cup, killing more than 100 people.

A year ago, Typhoon Jebi closed the Kansai Airport in Osaka and left 14 people dead in its wake.

Scientists say climate change is increasing the intensity of storms and causing an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather such as heat waves, droughts and flash floods.

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