Typhoon slams into central Japan, prompts evacuation orders
powerful typhoon slammed into central Japan today, prompting local authorities to issue evacuation orders, with western areas recently devastated by floods and landslides in the storm's crosshairs.
Typhoon Jongdari, packing winds of up to 180 km an hour, made landfall in Ise in Mie prefecture around midnight, according to the nation's public broadcaster NHK.
The storm, which had already dumped torrential rain over eastern Japan, was moving west maintaining its strength, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.
One man was reported missing in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, after several vehicles, including an ambulance, became stuck on a wave-battered ocean road.
The storm is expected to barrel towards the western Chugoku region later tomorrow, where record rainfall earlier this month unleashed flooding and landslides, killing around 220 people and leaving more than 4,000 survivors still living in temporary shelters.
The western city of Shobara in Hiroshima prefecture issued an evacuation order to some 36,400 residents, including 991 who urgently needed to move to shelters, officials said.
TV footage showed workers and residents hurriedly piling up sand bags to build temporary barriers against potential floods.
"It's going to deal a double punch," a resident in Okayama told public broadcaster NHK, referring to the recent killer downpours and the incoming typhoon.
"We are seriously worried," he said.
More than 410 domestic flights have been canceled so far because of Typhoon Jongdari, while ferry services connecting Tokyo with nearby islands were also canceled due to high waves, news reports said.
The flooding in the Chugoku region was Japan's worst weather-related disaster in decades, and many residents of affected areas are still living in shelters or damaged homes.
"We are fully ready 24 hours a day to evacuate residents," Tadahiko Mizushima, an official of Okayama prefecture in Chugoku, told AFP.
"We are paying special attention to the areas where restoration of river banks is underway as it would be the first heavy rain since the disaster."
"I would like people to evacuate in advance so that they can save their lives," Yuzaki said.
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