Nine million people have been told to evacuate as super typhoon Nanmadol hits

Nine million people have been told to evacuate as super typhoon Nanmadol hits

Huge waves

Huge waves in Kochi prefecture, western Japan

Nine million people have been told to evacuate their homes as Japan is hit by one of the worst typhoons the country has ever seen.

Super typhoon Nanmadol has caused one death and nearly 70 injuries.

It hit Japan’s southernmost island of Kyushu on Sunday morning, and is forecast to pass over the main island of Honshu in the coming days.

Tens of thousands of people spent Sunday night in emergency shelters and nearly 350,000 homes are without power.

Transport and businesses have been disrupted and the country is braced for widespread flooding and landslides.

Nanmadol brought gusts of up to 234 km/h (145 mph) and some areas were predicted to receive 400 mm (16 in) of rain in 24 hours.

Bullet train services, ferries and hundreds of flights have been cancelled. Many stores and other businesses have been closed and sandbags have been placed to protect some properties.

Rescue workers and fallen trees

Rescue crews monitor a landslide in Kyushu

The typhoon made landfall near the city of Kagoshima, on the southern tip of Japan’s southernmost island of Kyushu, on Sunday morning.

A river in Kyushu burst its banks.

State broadcaster NHK reported that a man was killed when his car got caught in a flooded river and firefighters were investigating whether a person was inside a hut buried in a landslide.

Local video shows building roofs and signs overturned.

The storm is forecast to turn east and pass over Japan’s main island of Honshu before moving out to sea by Wednesday. The capital, Tokyo, has experienced heavy rainfall, with the Tozai subway line suspended due to flooding.

A level five alert, the highest on Japan’s disaster warning scale, has been issued for more than 500,000 people in Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Oita, Kumamoto and Yamaguchi regions.

A total of about nine million people were ordered to evacuate parts of the Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku regions after a level four alert.

Nanmadol has been designated a super typhoon by the US Joint Hurricane Warning Center (JTWC), a term applied to storms with sustained wind speeds of 240 km/h (150 mph) or greater. It is the equivalent of a category four or five hurricane.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida postponed his visit to New York, where he is due to address the UN General Assembly, until Tuesday to monitor the storm’s effects.

Scientists have predicted a very active hurricane season this year, influenced by a natural phenomenon known as La Niña.

Higher sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic and Caribbean as a result of climate change may also have an impact.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that intense tropical cyclones will likely increase on a global scale.

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