Tokyo, Aug 6

Typhoon Noru brought heavy rains and gusty winds to the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu on Sunday, killing at least two people in its wake.

The fifth typhoon of the season prompted the authorities to recommend the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people due to the high waves and the risk of landslides and floods, Efe news reported.

The typhoon reached the southern tip of Kyushu, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

It was advancing towards the northeast at a speed of about 25 km per hour and will traverse part of Kyushu to reach the Shikoku region and south of the main island of Honshu of the Japanese archipelago on Monday, according to the JMA.

The JMA declared a weather alert in the prefectures of Kagoshima and Miyazaki where winds were expected to reach 126 km/h. Several regional trains were cancelled and the typhoon caused roadblocks in the Kyushu region.

It left about 15,000 households in the Kagoshima prefecture without electricity. In July, Fukuoka and Oita prefectures in Kyushu were hit by heavy rains that caused floods and landslides, killing at least 36 people.

 

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