JIJI, KYODO, AFP-JIJI
AUG 25, 2015
At least 75 people have been injured and a 70-year-old man is missing after a powerful typhoon wreaked havoc across southern Japan, causing widespread disruptions to flights and train services, power outages and the evacuation of more than 200,000 households.
Japan Airlines was forced to cancel about 130 flights and All Nippon Airways canceled 100 flights, mainly to and from airports in Kyushu, while some railway services, including bullet trains on the Kyushu and Sanyo shinkansen lines, were suspended temporarily.
Typhoon Goni made landfall near Arao in Kumamoto Prefecture just after 6 a.m. Tuesday and reached the ocean off Kitakyushu by 10 a.m., the Meteorological Agency said.
Although now moving away from the Japanese archipelago, the typhoon is expected to bring heavy rain to western and eastern Japan through Wednesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, warning of further landslides and flooding.
The 15th typhoon this year prompted the agency to issue landslide warnings for Fukuoka, Saga, Oita and Kagoshima prefectures on Kyushu, Tokushima Prefecture on the island of Shikoku and Yamaguchi and Hiroshima prefectures on the Honshu mainland.
The city of Hiroshima, which experienced a deadly landslide last August, issued an evacuation order to some 67,700 residents, the first such order since last year’s disaster.
On Tuesday, some 83,000 households in Fukuoka Prefecture were instructed to evacuate, while evacuation advisories were issued to 22,000 households in Kumamoto, and 130,000 households in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Power outages temporarily affected more than 470,000 households on Kyushu, according to Kyushu Electric Power Co.
Shigetoshi Morita, 70, who drove a truck carrying newspapers, went missing in Kagoshima Prefecture. Police fear he may have been involved in a landslide early in the morning and are searching for him.
More than 50 people were injured across Kyushu with other injuries reported in western and central Japan.
Four vehicles were overturned in Kumamoto Prefecture, injuring 20 people, according to authorities.
In Fukuoka Prefecture, eight people were injured, including a 69-year-old man who sustained a head injury after being hit by a storage structure.
As of 6 p.m. Tuesday the typhoon was over the Sea of Japan about 120 kilometers northwest of Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, packing winds of up to 162 kph and moving north at a speed of about 35 kph, the weather agency said.
Rainfall hit a record 134.5 mm on Nagasaki Prefecture’s Mount Unzen in the span of an hour on Tuesday morning.
Winds of 165 kph were observed in Makurazaki, Kagoshima Prefecture, 157 kph in Ikata, Ehime Prefecture, and 151 kph in the city of Kumamoto.