2 dead, 38 injured as Typhoon Talim rips through Japan

Local residents are evacuated by boat from an inundated house due to a heavy rain triggered by Typhoon Talim, in Oita, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo, on Sept 17, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - A powerful typhoon ripped through the Japanese archipelago on Monday (Sept 18), leaving two people dead and three others missing, officials and news reports said.

Typhoon Talim made landfall on Sunday in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands, packing winds of up to 162km per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The storm, moving northeast along the country, reached the nation's northern island of Hokkaido by Monday morning, dumping torrential rain and paralysing domestic transportation on its way.

An 86-year-old woman was found dead late on Sunday after her house was hit by a landslide in Kagawa, western Japan, while a 60-year-old driver was found dead in his car which sank under a swollen river in Kochi, also in western Japan, local police officers said.

Public broadcaster NHK said three people were missing in western Japan, and 38 people had been injured in storm-related accidents.

At least 116 domestic flights were cancelled on Monday because of strong winds, and some bullet train services were suspended in northern Japan due to the typhoon, NHK said.

Authorities have issued warnings of rainstorms, high seas, possible landslides and flooding across the nation, as the storm maintained its strength.

The typhoon had battered the southern Okinawan island chain before it hit Kyushu, causing the most rain seen over a 24-hour period in 50 years in the city of Miyako.

Big storms regularly strike Japan, with 22 people killed when Typhoon Lionrock pounded the country last September.

Last month (August), Typhoon Noru killed two people and injured 51.

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