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Typhoon Haishen brings strong winds, rains in southern Japan; forces 1.8 million to evacuate

Typhoon Haishen forced evacuations of 1.8 million people as it battered Japan’s southern mainland with powerful winds and drenching rain, cutting power to tens of thousands of homes.

The storm was forecast to carry top sustained winds of up to 216 km per hour (134 mph) by Monday, the meteorological agency said.

Authorities urged evacuations for people in areas across seven prefectures in southern Japan, public broadcaster NHK said, an effort that was complicated by social distancing that meant evacuation centres could take fewer people than normal.

Authorities urged evacuations for people in areas across seven prefectures in southern Japan, public broadcaster NHK said, an effort that was complicated by social distancing that meant evacuation centres could take fewer people than normal.




Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency said two injuries had been reported.

Airlines have cancelled more than 500 flights departing from Okinawa and southern Japan, NHK said. Bullet train service in southern and
western Japan was suspended, it said.

Japan’s coastguard on Saturday suspended for a second day its search for crew missing from a ship that capsized in the East China Sea last week with a cargo of cattle.



The typhoon was headed north by northwest at 30 kph and move to the Korean peninsula.

Typhoon Haishen follows Typhoon Maysak, which smashed into the Korean peninsula on Thursday, leaving at least two dead and thousands temporarily without power.


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