TOKYO (AFP) – Two men were killed and another remains missing, officials said Tuesday, after Typhoon Vongfong smashed through Japan leaving the country counting the cost of the latest natural disaster.
The typhoon churned through eastern Japan early Tuesday after hitting Okinawa over the weekend and making landfall on the nation’s southern main island of Kyushu on Monday, the meteorological agency said.
At least 96 people were injured in typhoon-related accidents in 23 prefectures, nearly half of Japan’s provinces, broadcaster NHK said.
The body of a 90-year-old man was found in a farm ditch in Tottori, western Japan, a spokesman with the Tottori Police Department said. “We suspect the man fell accidentally into the ditch late Monday due to the storm,” the spokesman told AFP.
A 72-year-old man was also found dead early Tuesday in Ehime, western Japan, after his small truck fell into a pond Monday, the local police said.