Typhoon Nabi pounds Japan

A powerful typhoon lashed southern Japan, killing one person, injuring 15 others and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate as gale-driven waves hurtled against coastline defences and storm surges flooded seaside towns.

At least eight people were reported missing.

The government dispatched 70 Self-Defence Force soldiers to storm-hit areas to fortify defences, cope with flooding and help evacuate the displaced. The typhoon grounded hundreds of flights and blocked trains and ferry services and closed down highways, stranding tens of thousands of travellers.

Nabi was packing winds of up to 89mph as it churned into the coastal city of Kushikino on Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said. Heavy rain and wind also pounded the neighbouring main island of Shikoku.

One person was killed and at least nine were injured, while four people were missing and more than 57,000 people advised to evacuate across several states in Kyushu and Shikoku islands, police said. National broadcaster NHK said 14 people were injured, while Kyodo News Agency put the injured toll at 15.

A woman drowned after falling from a ferry in Takamatsu, Kagawa, local police official Masafumi Takahata said.

“The waves were quite high, and she was sitting on the railing when she slipped and fell into the sea,” he said.

About five houses were destroyed in a landslide in Miyazaki state and three people were missing. Kyodo reported another five people were missing, bringing the total to eight.

National broadcaster NHK said ferry services linking South Korea and the northern Kyushu city of Fukuoka, as well as ferries linking Kyushu and western Japan, were cancelled.

Japan Airlines and its affiliates cancelled 307 flights Tuesday morning, affecting about 27,500 people. All Nippon Airlines also grounded 145 flights.

Tokyo dispatched 70 Self-Defence Force troops to hard-hit areas to help fortify the coasts against storm surges, cope with flooding, and assist in evacuation efforts, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda.

The Meteorological Agency said up to 28 inches rain was expected in Kyushu and 24 inches in Shikoku by tomorrow.

Nabi, meaning butterfly in Korean, is expected to move north east and will be the first typhoon to hit South Korea this year.

Most Read in World