Typhoon Goni slams into Ja­panese main­land and leaves de­struc­tion and in­juries in its wake

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Typhoon Goni slammed into the Ja­panese main­land Tues­day, leav­ing at least one per­son miss­ing, more than 70 oth­ers in­jured and dis­rupt­ing rail and flight ser­vices, as author­i­ties urged more than 600,000 peo­ple to leave homes.

The pow­er­ful storm, which killed at least 26 peo­ple in land­slides and floods in the Philip­pines, hit the south­west­ern Ku­mamoto pre­fec­ture on Kyushu is­land at about 6 a.m. (2100 GMT Mon­day), Ja­pan’s weather agency said.

Most of those in­jured sus­tained mi­nor cuts from bro­ken glass, a pre­fec­tural of­fi­cial told AFP.

TV footage showed trees ripped from their roots by vi­o­lent winds and streets strewn with sea­weed and fish dumped ashore by huge waves.

In the ma­jor city of Fukuoka, a man in his 60s suf­fered a se­ri­ous head in­jury af­ter he was hit by a fly­ing steel pipe, author­i­ties said.

In Ku­mamoto, a man de­liv­er­ing news­pa­pers was miss­ing and be­lieved buried by a land­slide, a Jiji Press re­port said.

Pack­ing gusts up to 180 kilo­me­ters per hour, Goni passed over Kyushu, one of Ja­pan’s four main is­lands, and con­tin­ued its path over the Sea of Ja­pan (East Sea), ac­cord­ing to the Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ments in north­ern Kyushu and some pre­fec­tures on the main is­land of Hon­shu is­sued evac­u­a­tion ad­vi­sories for more than 600,000 peo­ple, the dis­as­ter man­age­ment agency re­ported.

Most re­gional rail­way op­er­a­tors halted trains while sev­eral hun­dred flights ar­riv­ing and de­part­ing from lo­cal air­ports were also can­celled, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional ser­vices be­tween Fukuoka and other re­gional cen­ters in­clud­ing Seoul and Shang­hai.

At 4 p.m. al­most 290,000 house­holds in Kyushu were left with­out elec­tric­ity af­ter black­outs.

At the week­end, Goni hit parts of the north­ern Philip­pines hard, de­stroy­ing nearly 1,000 houses and forc­ing more than 12,000 peo­ple to flee.

AP

Tele­phone poles lean af­ter Typhoon Goni hit the town of Kamimine, Saga pre­fec­ture, south­west­ern Ja­pan, Tues­day, Aug. 25.

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