(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
A typhoon lashed central Japan on Saturday with torrential rain
and fierce winds, killing two and leaving tens of thousands of
households without power, Trend reports citing Reuters .
Shizuoka city, southwest of the capital, Tokyo, was hit
especially hard, seeing a record 417 mm (16.42 inches) of
precipitation since the rain started on Thursday, the Japan
Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.
Winds at the centre of Typhoon Talas were blowing at about 65
kph (40 mph), with peak gusts of about 90 kph (56 mph), it
A man in his 40s was killed in a landslide and a 29-year-old man
was found dead after his car plunged into a reservoir, Kyodo
Power was also cut to about 120,000 households, supplier Chubu
Electric Power Grid Co said, adding that a landslide had knocked
over two electricity pylons.
'We apologise deeply for the inconvenience caused by this power
outage. The outage is being prolonged due to landslides, among
other factors, but we are doing all we can to fix it as swiftly as
possible,' the company said on Twitter.
By Saturday afternoon, power had returned to the majority of
households, though some 2,800 were still without power. Chubu
Electric Power Grid estimated that it would take a few months for
the pylons to be restored, according to Kyodo.
Central JR restarted some of its bullet train services, which
had been suspended from Friday evening because of the rain.
Although the JMA downgraded the typhoon to an extratropical
cyclone on Saturday morning, it forecast further torrential rain in
Shizuoka and urged caution for landslides and flooding.
Yokohama city, some 30 km south of Tokyo, also issued an
evacuation advisory at about noon on Saturday to about 3,000
typhoon nanmadol, one of the biggest storms to hit Japan in
years, killed at least two people and brought ferocious winds and
record rainfall to the west of the country on Monday.
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