Typhoon leaves 1 dead, 4 missing, over 100 injured in Japan

Broken pieces of the exterior wall of a gymnasium are seen scattered on the ground in Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, on 7 September 2020, after they were blown off by strong winds brought by powerful Typhoon Haishen. _ Kyodo News

TOKYO _ A powerful typhoon left 1 person dead, four missing and 108 injured Monday in Japan as it battered almost the whole of the country’s southwestern main island of Kyushu with violent winds, causing massive blackouts, and disrupting transportation and some mobile networks.

A woman in her 70s in Kagoshima Prefecture died in a hospital after falling in a street gutter Sunday as she tried to evacuate to the house of an acquaintance, according to local authorities.

About 23,000 people in 11 prefectures were taking shelter Monday afternoon, while some 200,000 households on the southwestern main island continued to be without electricity.

Even as Typhoon Haishen headed for the Korean Peninsula, the Japan Meteorological Agency warned of torrential rain, strong winds and tidal surges in some areas, urging people across a wide area to remain vigilant.

In the village of Shiiba, Miyazaki Prefecture, where rainfall of over 400 millimeters was recorded on Sunday, police officers were searching for a woman in her 60s, her son in his 30s and two Vietnamese male interns who were reported missing after a mudslide struck a construction firm office, which was also used as a residence.

The woman’s husband in his 70s, who runs the company, suffered broken ribs, according to police.

Elsewhere in the region, a man in his 40s fractured his skull after falling from the roof of a garage in Yufu, Oita Prefecture, while four people suffered slight injuries at an evacuation center in Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture, after a window shattered, according to authorities.

Major mobile carriers NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Corp. said their networks were disrupted in areas of Kyushu, as well as the western regions of Shikoku and Chugoku.

Kyushu Railway Co., which canceled its shinkansen and other train services, is planning to restart them Tuesday in areas where it has been confirmed that they can operate safely.

West Japan Railway Co. also halted its Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train services between Hiroshima and Hakata, while a number of flights were canceled. Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train services were temporarily suspended as well due to heavy rain, according to Central Japan Railway Co.

Many department stores, supermarkets and shops in Kyushu were closed temporarily.

Many people spent the night at evacuation shelters and hotels across Kyushu and the southern Japan islands of Okinawa Prefecture as they waited for the typhoon to pass. _ Kyodo News

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