Typhoon Nanmadol leaves one dead and dozens injured in Japan

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Typhoon Nanmadol leaves one dead and dozens injured in Japan

The powerful typhoon has weakened since making landfall Sunday evening near the city of Kagoshima.

Warning levels for the typhoon Nanmadol were downgraded Monday in Japan after severe weather that left at least one dead and dozens injured.

The powerful typhoon has weakened since making landfall on Sunday evening near the city of Kagoshima, south of the big island of Kyushu, but has uprooted trees, shattered windows and swelled rivers .

Nearly six million people were still under evacuation notices, and authorities called on people to remain alert, particularly in areas where rivers were still raging after long hours of rain.

In Miyazaki Prefecture, some areas received more rainfall in 24 hours than they normally receive for the whole month of September.

We ask you to remain vigilant in the face of the [risks] of floods and landslides, launched a government official, Yoshiyuki Toyoguchi, to the population.

Rescue teams survey the damage in the town of Mimata.

Authorities in Miyazaki Prefecture confirmed to AFP the death of a man in his 60s from the city of Miyakonojo, who was found without signs of life in a car submerged on farmland.

In the Fukuoka [southwest] region, authorities said they were investigating whether another death was related to the storm .

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who was due to leave for the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday, will delay his trip for a day to check the extent of the damage, his office confirmed. /p>

However, given the intensity of the typhoon which hit the southwest coast with gusts reaching 234 km/h, the damage seems relatively limited so far .

The typhoon has almost disappeared today [Monday] and the rain and wind are also calming down now, a crisis management official in Saito city [Miyazaki prefecture] told AFP.

Typhoon Nanmadol caused strong waves on the coast of Senjojiki.

Electricity is out in some places and residents have reported knocked down trees, he said. And he reported flooding in some areas.

On the island of Kyushu, thousands of people spent the night in shelters, while others #x27;others moved to more solid buildings.

In Izumi City [Kagoshima Prefecture], 30-year-old Yasuta Yamaguchi took refuge in a hotel. I came for shelter because it was windy and I thought it was dangerous, he told AFP. I didn't feel safe at home.

As of Monday afternoon, more than 240,000 homes in Kyushu and Chugoku regions were still without power, said utilities, as the storm slowly moved up the country's west coast.

Hundreds of flights were canceled and rail services to affected areas were also disrupted at the height of the weather.

A man braves winds and rain in Miyazaki.

At 4 p.m. [local time ], the typhoon was moving north-northeast off the coast of Shimane Prefecture in the western part of the country with peak gusts of around 160 km/h, according to the agency. Japanese Meteorological Service (JMA).

It continues to weaken and has been downgraded from strong and wide typhoons to wide typhoons, said JMA forecast unit chief Ryuta Kurora.

Typhoon season peaks from August to September in Japan, where it is marked by heavy rains that can cause flash floods and deadly landslides.

In 2019, Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan in the middle of the Rugby World Cup and killed more than 100 people.

Un year earlier, Typhoon Jebi shut down Kansai Airport in Osaka, killing 14 people.

And in 2018, flooding and landslides kills over 200 people in western Japan during the rainy season.

Scientists believe that climate change is increasing storm intensity and weather phenomena. extreme weather events.

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