Ty­phoon Noru rakes Ja­pan’s main is­land

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

TOKYO — Ty­phoon Noru tore a path through Ja­pan’s main is­land of Hon­shu, de­spite be­ing down­graded to a trop­i­cal storm, leav­ing havoc in its wake be­fore mov­ing in a north­east­erly di­rec­tion off the Sea of Ja­pan coast on Tues­day morn­ing, the weather agency here said.

Af­ter mak­ing land­fall in west­ern Ja­pan the pre­vi­ous day, the storm pack­ing winds of up to 108 km/h plowed across the main is­land of Hon­shu, and has left two peo­ple dead and as many as 51 peo­ple in­jured, ac­cord­ing to pub­lic broad­caster NHK.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency, the ty­phoon made land­fall in Wakayama Pre­fec­ture on Mon­day and carved a path through the Kinki and Hokuriku re­gions be­fore mov­ing slowly out to sea.

The storm prompted evac­u­a­tion or­ders or ad­vi­sories af­fect­ing thou­sands of peo­ple and trans­porta­tion net­works na­tion­wide have been se­verely dis­rupted.

In cen­tral Ja­pan, “tens of thou­sands of peo­ple have been told to pre­pare to evac­u­ate”, NHK said.

Trans­porta­tion dis­rupted

The ty­phoon has caused ma­jor dis­rup­tion to trans­porta­tion net­works, with West Ja­pan Rail­way Co can­cel­ing some of its op­er­a­tions be­tween Shikoku and the Hon­shu main is­land.

More than 70 Shinkansen bul­let train ser­vices have also been halted, it said.

Kan­sai In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Osaka Pre­fec­ture said it can­celed more than 120 do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional flights, while car­ri­ers All Nip­pon Air­ways and Ja­pan Air­lines said they have can­celed more than 200 flights.

As of 7:50 am on Tues­day, the storm was es­ti­mated to be pass­ing through Ni­igata Pre­fec­ture and mov­ing north-north­east at a speed of 25 km/h, the weather agency said.

The city of Maibara in Shiga Pre­fec­ture was in­un­dated by tor­ren­tial rain and had logged in ex­cess of 300 mil­lime­ters of rain since Mon­day, when the down­pours started.

Land­slide and flood alerts are still in place by many mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the af­fected re­gions and evac­u­a­tion ad­vi­sories re­main in place for about 106,000 peo­ple span­ning eight pre­fec­tures, lo­cal me­dia re­ported on Tues­day.

Noru, the Korean name for a species of deer, had been ex­pected to brush Tokyo but veered far­ther north, leav­ing the Ja­panese cap­i­tal un­touched but for some high winds.

The storm was ex­pected to be­come a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion later on Tues­day and head out into the Pa­cific on Wed­nes­day.

KYODO NEWS AGENCY VIA REUTERS

An aerial view of build­ings in­un­dated by wa­ters of a swollen river in Na­ga­hama, Ja­pan, on Tues­day.

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