JA­PAN

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Typhoon causes se­ri­ous flood­ing

A typhoon has caused se­ri­ous flood­ing and flight can­cel­la­tions in south­ern Ja­pan.

Typhoon Malakas swept across the south­ern part of Kyushu is­land early Tues­day morn­ing be­fore head­ing east along Ja­pan’s Pa­cific coast to­ward cen­tral Ja­pan and Tokyo.

Strong winds and heavy rain top­pled util­ity poles and flooded build­ings in parts of Kyushu, the south­ern­most of Ja­pan’s four main is­lands. The storm left cars half-in­un­dated in park­ing lots, and washed out at least one sec­tion of coastal road. More than 30,000 build­ings lost power.

Five peo­ple were re­ported in­jured, none se­ri­ously, ac­cord­ing to the Fire and Disas­ter Man­age­ment Agency.

The Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency said Malakas had max­i­mum sus­tained winds of 126 kilo­me­ters (78 miles) per hour with gusts to 180 kph (112 mph).

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