Japan braces for heavy rain and landslides as 2 typhoons approach

Rescue team members conduct search and rescue operations at a landslide site caused by heavy rain in Uto, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan on 21 June.
Rescue team members conduct search and rescue operations at a landslide site caused by heavy rain in Uto, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan on 21 June. PHOTO: REUTERS/KYODO

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan was on alert on Sunday (Aug 21) for high winds, heavy rain and landslides as the country braces for two typhoons on course to make landfall.

Typhoon Kompasu was expected to hit northern Hokkaido island Sunday evening, packing gusts up to 126 kmh, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The storm, located in the Pacific some 100km south-east of Kamaishi city at 9am local time on Sunday, was already dumping heavy rain that has flooded rivers in Hokkaido.

The agency issued warnings for heavy rain, landslides and high waves in and around Hokkaido from Kompasu.

Typhoon Mindulle, located in the Pacific 170km west-north-west of Chichijima island at 9am local time on Sunday, was heading north toward the Japanese main island of Honshu with gusts up to 126 kmh, the agency said.

Mindulle was expected to landfall in central Japan on Monday morning, possibly close to Tokyo, the agency said.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Lionrock was in the Pacific south of the island of Shikoku, but was not projected to directly hit Japan, the agency said.