Typhoon batters Japan with record rain, killing two – NHK

Typhoon Nanmadol brought fierce winds and record rainfall to western Japan on Monday, as one of the biggest storms to batter the country in years killed at least two people, disrupted transportation and forced manufacturers to halt operations. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delayed his departure to New York where he is due to address the UN General Assembly.

“I have postponed my scheduled departure from today to take stock of the damage caused by the typhoon and take all possible recovery measures,” Kishida told reporters Monday night. “If circumstances allow, I will leave tomorrow morning.” Japan’s 14th typhoon of the season made landfall near the city of Kagoshima late Sunday before hitting the western island of Kyushu and making its way into the main island of Honshu on Monday morning.

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A river in Kyushu’s Miyazaki Prefecture has 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 of a gas station ripped off and a toppled billboard leaning from the top of a building across a street. “We must remain extremely vigilant during heavy rains, storms, high waves and storm surges,” an official with the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said at a news conference.

NHK said a man was found dead in his car, which was submerged to the roof in the middle of a field, while another man died after being caught in a landslide. Another person remains missing and at least 87 people were injured, NHK said.

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About 340,000 households, most of them in Kyushu, were without power early Monday, the Commerce Ministry said, while Kyushu Railway Co said it had suspended operations on Kyushu and Japan Airline Co Ltd and ANA Holdings canceled about 800 flights, the reported public broadcaster NHK. The storm made landfall again in western Honshu’s Shimane Prefecture after tracking the coast earlier Monday, and was moving east at about 35 km per hour (22 miles per hour), the JMA said.

The storm will turn into the Sea of ​​Japan for a second time and haunt the coast north of Honshu through Tuesday before turning overland and heading northeast into the Pacific, the agency forecast. In central Japan’s Tokai region, the country’s industrial heartland, up to 400 mm (15.75 inches) of rain is expected over the next 24 hours, it said.

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Toyota Motor Corp was among manufacturers who said they were shutting down production at some plants because of the storm, but there were no reports of major damage to the industry. Intermittent heavy rains lashed Tokyo, but businesses in the capital largely operated normally.

Most schools were closed on Monday anyway for a public holiday.

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