Six injured as typhoon, floods hit central Japan


Tokyo (dpa) – Six people were injured as a typhoon packing heavy rain and strong winds pounded central Japan Wednesday, disrupting traffic and causing some flooding and mudslides in the region, local media reported.

The six people suffering injuries were in coastal areas of the Tokai region west of Tokyo, broadcaster NHK reported. Some fell in the stiff winds.

Authorities urged tens of thousands of residents to evacuate their homes in three coastal prefectures, around 200 kilometres to 400 kilometres west of Tokyo, as Typhoon Etau made landfall on Chita Peninsula, 300 kilometres west of Tokyo shortly after 10 am (0100 GMT), broadcaster NHK reported.

The storm caused the cancellation of dozens of flights and train services while also bringing torrential rains to the Tokyo area.

Weather authorities warned of mudslides, high waves and swollen rivers across eastern and central Japan.

As of 11 am (0200 GMT), the season’s 18th typhoon was about 40 kilometres south-south-west of Nagoya city, travelling north at 25 kilometres per hour (kph), with maximum sustained winds of 72 kph and gusts of 108 kph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.