TOKYO (AFP) - Typhoon Neoguri slammed into the Japanese mainland on Thursday, bringing widespread flooding, ripping trees from their roots and leaving houses half-buried under mud, as tens of thousands were urged to seek shelter.
The storm, which has left several people dead and a string of damage in its wake, caused havoc in many small communities as residents struggled to keep waves of dirty water from destroying their homes.
More than 500 houses in several prefectures were flooded due to the typhoon and heavy rain, according to public broadcaster NHK, with about 130,000 households urged to seek shelter.
“Water kept gushing into the house no matter hard we tried to pour it out. We kept shoving out water all night,” said a woman in northern Yamagata Prefecture, where humid air brought by the typhoon caused huge downpours.
Roadside trees are blasted by strong winds along relatively empty streets in Naha on Japan's southern island of Okinawa as Typhoon Neoguri hit the area on July 8, 2014. Typhoon Neoguri slammed into Japan's southern main island early Thursday after lashing the Okinawa island chain, with three people killed as powerful winds and torrential rains battered the country. -- PHOTO: AFP
A man (left) stands at the edge of a bridge covered with large boulders and mud spread across a large area after a landslide caused by heavy rains from Typhoon Neoguri in the town of Nagiso in Nagano prefecture, central Japan, on July 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Damaged cars and buildings are seen after a landslide caused by heavy rains due to Typhoon Neoguri in Nagiso town, Nagano prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo on July 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A vehicle, debris and a bridge lie on the bed of the Nashizawa river at Nagiso town in Nagano prefecture, central Japan on July 10, 2014 following a mudslide. The landslide was caused by torrential rain on July 9 brought by Typhoon Neoguri. -- PHOTO: AFP
A TV crew works near the Nashizawa river at Nagiso town in Nagano prefecture, central Japan on July 10, 2014 following a mudslide. -- PHOTO: AFP
A wooden house which collapsed due to strong winds caused by Typhoon Neoguri is seen in Naha, on Japan's southern island of Okinawa, in this photo taken by Kyodo on July 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS