Powerful Typhoon Malakas slams Japan, heads toward Tokyo

A powerful typhoon slammed into Japan on Tuesday, injuring at least eight people and dumping torrential rains that caused serious flooding and left some communities waterlogged.

Transportation across southernmost Kyushu – hit by deadly quakes earlier this year – and parts of western Japan came to a standstill as Typhoon Malakas ripped across the country, packing winds of up to 180km/h.

Television footage from public broadcaster NHK showed houses, cars and rice fields partly submerged in the muddy brown water in Miyazaki prefecture, where a record 578 millimetres of rain fell on one city in just 24 hours.

Cars and pedestrians sloshed through waterlogged streets while a wall of water washed away a bridge in the city of Kagoshima.

NHK said at least eight people were injured, and officials issued evacuation advisories that affected about 620,000 people. More than 114,000 households lost power in Kyushu, which was rocked by a pair of deadly quakes in April that left about 50 dead.

Source: South China Morning Post

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