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One lifeless after storm slams into Japan

One particular person was confirmed dead in Japan on Monday after Storm Nanmadol slammed into the nation, injuring dozens, however authorities downgraded warnings because the storm weakened after landfall.

The storm system, which made landfall in southern Kyushu’s Kagoshima on Sunday evening, was shifting off the western coast of Japan by Monday afternoon.

Almost six million individuals have been nonetheless underneath evacuation warnings and authorities stated in some areas “even a tiny quantity of further rainfall” might set off flooding and landslides.

In Miyazaki prefecture, some areas noticed extra rainfall in 24 hours than they usually obtain in all of September. 

A person in his sixties from Miyakonojo metropolis was confirmed lifeless after being present in a submerged automobile on farmland, authorities in Miyazaki advised AFP.

In western Fukuoka area, officers stated they have been investigating whether or not an extra dying was linked to the storm.

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who had been scheduled to depart Monday for the United Nations Normal Meeting, introduced he would delay his journey by a day to evaluate the harm.

However given the depth of the storm, which got here ashore packing gusts of as much as 234 kilometres (145 miles) per hour, harm appeared comparatively restricted.

“The storm has all however disappeared right now and the rain and wind are additionally subsiding now,” an official in control of disaster administration in Miyazaki’s Saito metropolis advised AFP.

– ‘I didn’t really feel secure at dwelling’ –

Within the city of Izumi in Kagoshima prefecture, 30-year-old Yasuta Yamaguchi spent the evening in a neighborhood resort to shelter from the storm.

“I got here to the resort to shelter myself as a result of it was windy and I assumed it was harmful,” he advised AFP.

“I didn’t really feel secure at dwelling.”

By Monday afternoon, over 240,000 households in Kyushu and neighbouring Chugoku area have been with out energy, utilities stated. Lots of of flights had been cancelled, and lots of practice providers all through the affected areas have been additionally halted.

By 4:00 pm (0700GMT), the storm was shifting north-northeast off the coast of Shimane prefecture on the western aspect of Japan, with most gusts of round 162 kilometres per hour, in accordance with the JMA.

“The thick cloud and eye space across the storm’s centre have already disappeared and it’s weakening quickly,” Ryuta Kurora, the pinnacle of the JMA’s forecast unit, advised reporters.

Japan is presently in its storm season and faces round 20 such storms a 12 months, routinely seeing heavy rains that trigger landslides or flash floods.

In 2019, Storm Hagibis smashed into Japan because it hosted the Rugby World Cup, claiming the lives of greater than 100 individuals. 

A 12 months earlier, Storm Jebi shut down Kansai Airport in Osaka and left 14 individuals lifeless in its wake.

Scientists say local weather change is rising the severity of storms and inflicting excessive climate resembling warmth waves, droughts and flash floods to turn out to be extra frequent and intense.

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