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Typhoon Nanmadol batters Japan with record rain

CNA – Typhoon Nanmadol brought ferocious winds and record rainfall to western Japan yesterday as one of the biggest storms to hit the country in years killed at least two people, disrupted transport and forced manufacturers to suspend operations.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delayed his departure to New York, where he was due to deliver a speech at the United Nations General Assembly.

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

A river in Kyushu’s Miyazaki prefecture overflowed, flooding fields and roads, footage from state broadcaster NHK showed. Other videos 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.

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

A road is submerged under water in Saito, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan. PHOTO: AP

NHK said one man was found dead inside his car, which was submerged to the rooftop in the middle of a field, while another man died after being caught in a landslide. One other person remains missing, and at least 87 people have been injured, NHK said.

About 340,000 households, most of them in Kyushu, were without electricity yesterday, the Trade Ministry said, while Kyushu Railway, said it had halted operations on Kyushu and Japan Airlines and ANA Holdings cancelled about 800 flights, public broadcaster NHK reported.

The storm made landfall again in Shimane prefecture in western Honshu after tracking the coastline earlier yesterday, and was heading east at about 35 kilometres per hour, the JMA said.

The storm will veer into the Japan Sea for a second time and track the coast to the north of Honshu into today before crossing overland and moving northeast out into the Pacific, the agency projected.

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