Typhoon Goni lashes Japan; landslide fears prompt evacuation call

High waves batter a seashore at Aoshima beach in Miyazaki in Japan's southern island of Kyushu on Aug 25, 2015.
High waves batter a seashore at Aoshima beach in Miyazaki in Japan's southern island of Kyushu on Aug 25, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) -  Japanese authorities advised 280,000 people to evacuate their homes as a typhoon lashed southern Kyushu island and western Japan on Tuesday, bringing torrential rains and winds gusting over 180 km per hour.

The risk of landslides prompted officials in Yamaguchi prefecture to issue the warning, according to public broadcaster NHK. More than 20 people were injured as a result of the typhoon, and some flights and train services were suspended.

Japan’s Metrological Agency said it was moving to the north, and forecast a maximum 200 mm (4.8 inches) of rain an hour.

Japan Airlines Co Ltd suspended 110 domestic flights and ANA Holdings Inc cancelled 78. International flights were unaffected, the airlines said.

China’s official Xinhua news agency said that the storm is expected to affect north-eastern China later in the week, after making landfall near the Russian and North Korean borders early on Thursday.

The storm could impact crops in the three north-eastern Chinese provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang, Xinhua said, important soybean and corn production bases.