Typhoon hits Japan as Fukushima operator releases water into sea
TOKYO (AFP) - Typhoon Man-yi hit Japan on Monday, leaving three people dead and forcing the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to release rainwater with low levels of radiation into the ocean.
The powerful typhoon made landfall in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture, shortly before 8am (7am Singapore time), packing gusts of up to 162kmh, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Public broadcaster NHK said a 71-year-old woman was found dead as a landslide engulfed her house in Shiga prefecture, while a 77-year-old woman was also confirmed dead in a separate mudslide in Fukui prefecture, near Shiga.
Japanese news agency Jiji Press said a third person, a man aged 63, died after falling from a ladder he climbed to shut a window.