Typhoon Krosa: Severe Tropical Storm Makes Landfall in Japan

A severe tropical storm, Krosa that made landfall in Japan after hundreds of flights were cancelled and large areas evacuated. The typhoon has already killed 1, and injured at least twenty-eight people.

The storm will hit mainland on Thursday afternoon at the city of Kure near Hiroshima in southern Japan.

More than 400,000 people have advised to evacuate while many trains were halted and highways closed.

Almost 700 flights have been cancelled, affecting travel during the summer holiday season.

Footage showed heavy winds uprooting trees, toppling lorries and spinning pods on a ferris wheel.

High waves smashed into a breakwater, engulfing a lighthouse, while rivers broke their banks and flooded roads.

Krosa is classified as a severe tropical storm, one notch below the typhoon category.

Japan’s weather agency said the storm had weakened from the previous days but still warned of torrential rainfall, mudslides and floods in the affected areas of the Pacific coast.

It is expected to move north toward the Sea of Japan.

Even before landfall, heavy rains had left a group of 18 people stranded at the banks of a rising river. They were evacuated to higher ground to be rescued.

The travel disruption is thought to affect millions of people who are visiting their hometowns for the Bon holiday, when Japanese people traditionally pay respect to their ancestors.

According to Japanese media, the train cancellations affect connections on the island of Shikoku but also many of the Shinkansen bullet trains between Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and the south-western province of Fukuoka.

Ferries to Shikoku have also been cancelled as high waves lashed the coast.

On Thursday Japan marks the anniversary of its surrender in World War Two and several memorial services in the affected regions have had to be cancelled.

Source : Various