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Japan issues highest alert over typhoon Neoguri

Published on Jul 8, 2014 6:40 AM
 
Men secure a fishing boat at a port as super typhoon Neoguri approaches the region, on Japan's southern island of Miyakojima, Okinawa prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo on July 7, 2014. Japan was bracing on Tuesday for one of its worst storms in over a decade as typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan was bracing on Tuesday for one of its worst storms in over a decade as typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert.

The top-level warning means a threat to life, as well as the risk of massive damage from torrential rains and gusts of up to 250kmh.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the alert for Okinawa’s main island, home to around 1.2 million people, as well as the outlying Miyako islands.

“We advised all 55,000 people in Miyako at 10pm (9pm Singapore time) to evacuate to facilities such as community centres and municipal buildings,” Miyako disaster official Katsuhiro Koja told AFP by telephone.

 
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