51 in­jured as typhoon dumps heavy rain on Ja­pan

New Straits Times - - World -

TOKYO: Typhoon Noru dumped heavy rain on Ja­pan yes­ter­day as it moved back out to sea, caus­ing flood­ing and prop­erty dam­age, while the num­ber of in­jured re­port­edly rose to 51.

Af­ter mak­ing land­fall in western Ja­pan the pre­vi­ous day, the storm pack­ing winds of up to 108km per hour ploughed across the main is­land of Hon­shu.

The typhoon was 40km off the coast of north­ern Ni­igata pre­fec­ture by 1pm yes­ter­day, slowly mov­ing to­wards the north­east, the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal agency said. The storm ear­lier killed two peo­ple on out­ly­ing is­lands on Satur­day.

Public broad­caster NHK said the num­ber of peo­ple in­jured in ac­ci­dents re­lated to the typhoon had reached 51.

Aerial footage showed a flooded river in western Ja­pan’s Shiga pre­fec­ture, while houses, rice pad­dies and roads were sub­merged.

On Satur­day, a man in his 60s, on the south­ern is­land of Yakushima, died af­ter fall­ing in strong gusts gen­er­ated by Noru and hit­ting his head.

An­other man in his 80s, on neigh­bour­ing Tane­gashima is­land, drowned the same day af­ter he went to check on his boat and was swept into the wa­ter.

Sixty-five flights were can­celled yes­ter­day due to Noru. AFP

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