Japan Typhoon Etau: Half a million people advised to evacuate, including in suburban Tokyo

September 9, 2015 2:42 pm

Typhoon Etau has slammed into causing injuries as torrential
rain sparked landslides and flooding with more than half a million
people advised to evacuate, including in suburban Tokyo.
Rail and
air services were also disrupted on Wednesday after the storm, packing
winds of up to 125 kilometres per hour, landed in central Aichi
prefecture.
Television footage showed cars sloshing through
flooded streets and houses submerged, as pedestrians waded through water
that reached their knees.

Some areas had power outages and parts
of Tokyo saw flooding as authorities advised about 900,000 people in
the capital and other parts of the country to leave their homes because
of the risk of landslides, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Local
media said more than a dozen people were injured, including a
77-year-old woman who broke her leg after falling in strong winds.

The typhoon also disrupted air traffic, with at least 35
flights cancelled by Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and other budget
rivals, NHK said, while some rail services were delayed.
The storm moved out into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) by the end of the day.
Last
month, powerful Typhoon Goni hit Japan’s southernmost main island of
Kyushu, killing at least one person, injuring 70 others, and disrupting
rail and flight services.

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