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Typhoon Nanmadol batters Japan with heavy rains, storms

Typhoon Nanmadol brought ferocious winds and record rainfall to western Japan as one of the biggest storms to hit the country in years. Authorities reported two casualties as well as disrupted transport and suspended operations in several regions.

Japan’s 14th typhoon of the season made landfall near Kagoshima city late on Sunday before battering the western island of Kyushu and then roaring onto the main island of Honshu on Monday morning.

A river in Kyushu’s Miyazaki prefecture overflowed, flooding fields and roads, footage from state broadcaster NHK showed. Another video showed a riverside house half hanging over a torrent, the tin roof ripped off a gas station, and a toppled billboard leaning over a street from the top of a building.

One man was found dead inside his car, which was found fully submerged in the middle of a field while another man died after being caught in a landslide. At least 82 people have been injured, NHK said.

About 340,000 households, most of them in Kyushu, were without electricity early on Monday. Kyushu Railway Co halted operations on Kyushu while Japan Airline Co Ltd and ANA Holdings cancelled about 800 flights.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delayed his departure to New York, where he is due to deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly, until Tuesday to monitor the impact of the storm,
local media reported.

“We need to remain highly vigilant for heavy rains, gales, high waves and storm surges,” a Japan Meteorological Agency official told a news conference.

The storm would track the coast to the north of Honshu into Tuesday before crossing overland and moving northeast out into the Pacific, the agency projected. Up to 400 mm of rain was expected in central Japan’s Tokai region, the nation’s industrial heartland, over
the next 24 hours.

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