Typhoon Man-Yi leaves 3 dead, 5 missing in Japan
A Humvee hitching a trailer full of flooding equipment sits ready at Yokota Air Base in the western suburbs of Tokyo as Tropical Storm Man-Yi approaches the Kanto Plain the morning of Sept. 16, 2013.
TOKYO – A powerful typhoon slammed into Japan’s mainland on Monday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to wide areas of the country and leaving three people dead and five unaccounted for, news reports said.
Two women died in a mudslide in Ritto city, Shiga prefecture and in Mihama, Fukui prefecture, while one man plunged to his death in Kitakami, Iwate prefecture, Asahi daily reported.
Five people were missing in north-eastern and western Japan, Asahi said.
A total of 128 people were injured in wide areas of Japan, including 16 in Kumagaya, 40 kilometres north-west of the Japanese capital, as gusts broke windows and caused damage to more than 400 homes in the city, news reports said.
Typhoon Man-Yi is the 18th of the season. It weakened to an extra-tropical cyclone off Japan’s northern island at around 9 pm (1200 GMT) after making landfall on Toyohashi city in central Japan at around 8 am, the Meteorological Agency said.
The agency warned residents to expect flooding, mudslides and high waves in northern Japan.
Torrential rain in western Japan also prompted authorities to issue evacuation orders to about 400,000 residents in Kyoto, Shiga, Hyogo and Mie prefectures, the Kyodo News agency reported. The orders were partially lifted later in the day.
Train services were temporarily suspended in central, western and north-eastern Japan, and hundreds of flights were cancelled.