Battered Japan braces for new typhoon

posted on September 4, 2016

Japan was on alert for typhoon winds and heavy rain Saturday as the death toll from a devastating hurricane that hit Tohoku and parts of Hokkaido earlier this week rose to 15.

Typhoon Namtheun was heading north towards the southern main island of Kyushu with gusts of up to 198 kph, according to the Meteorological Agency.

Namtheun passed near the small subtropical island of Amami, which lies between Okinawa and Kyushu, Saturday afternoon, the agency said.

It issued a warning for strong winds, heavy rain and floods in southern Kyushu, but there was no immediate report of injuries or damage from the typhoon.

Meanwhile, the death toll from typhoon Lionrock in northern Japan rose to 15 after the body of a 57-year-old man was found in the town of Iwaizumi, Iwate prefecture, police and local government officials said.

Public broadcaster NHK said at least nine people were still unaccounted for.

Lionrock landed on the nation's northern Pacific coast on Tuesday evening, dumping torrential rain over a wide area.

Overflowing rivers wreaked havoc, stranding many communities in the country's largely agricultural north.

Iwaizumi was the hardest hit municipality as nine people were buried inside a building of an elderly care facility, which was engulfed by a massive flood from a nearby river.

source by japantimes
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