Da The Japan Times del 07/09/2005
Originale su http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20050907a1.htm

Typhoon hits Kyushu; six dead

Kyodo - Powerful Typhoon Nabi whipped Kyushu and neighboring areas Tuesday, leaving at least six people dead, 41 injured and 14 missing in southern and western Japan.

Typhoon Nabi, packing winds of up to 126 kph, made landfall at Isahaya, Nagasaki Prefecture, shortly after 2 p.m., blew through Kyushu and entered the Sea of Japan after 8 p.m., according to the Meteorological Agency.

Police said Kenichi Sato, 70, died in the afternoon after he was buried in a landslide in Takachiho, Miyazaki Prefecture.

Two bodies were found in Tarumizu, Kagoshima Prefecture, where a mudslide occurred. One body was confirmed as Tadashi Chuman, 53, and the other was identified as Ninosuke Sonoda, 85, police said. Both had been reported missing.

Yoshi Maekoba, 75, also was found dead in Tarumizu after her house was destroyed by a landslide, police said.

"The wind and rain was so strong earlier this morning, I could hardly walk -- I couldn't leave the building," said Mitoshi Shiroi from his flooded grocery store in Tarumizu.

"The water just keeps on coming in from under the door. And my products will be ruined without electricity," he said.

An unidentified body was found in Mimata, Miyazaki Prefecture, at around 10 p.m., police said.

At least 14 people were listed as missing in a spate of landslides and floods in Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures, authorities said.

In the mountainous village of Shiiba, Miyazaki Prefecture, five houses were swept away by mudslides, leaving at least three people unaccounted for.

Local authorities asked a nearby Ground Self-Defense Force camp to mobilize troops for a rescue operation, but their arrival was hampered because flooded roads isolated the village from nearby communities.

More than 108,000 people in 47,000 households were advised to evacuate in Miyazaki Prefecture and nearby regions as high waves slammed coastal breakwaters and storm surges flooded seaside towns.

About 33,000 others evacuated voluntarily.

The government dispatched 70 GSDF troops to typhoon-hit areas to fortify defenses and help flood-stranded residents evacuate, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda said in Tokyo.

The typhoon grounded hundreds of flights, halted train and ferry services, and blocked highways, stranding tens of thousands of travelers.

About 185,000 houses were left without power mainly in Kagoshima Prefecture, according to Kyushu Electric Power Co.

Electricity to about 171,000 homes was temporarily cut off in Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi prefectures, Chugoku Electric Power Co. said. As of 10 p.m., about 26,700 houses in the five prefectures were still without power.

The typhoon caused widespread transportation disruptions.

The Japan Railway group said all train services were halted in Kyushu and Shikoku as of Tuesday evening. Bullet train services have been suspended between Hiroshima and Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture, since 10 a.m.

Nearly 900 flights were canceled Tuesday, affecting almost all flights to and from Kyushu, and some services to Shikoku and Chugoku, airlines said.

Ferry services in the region were also canceled.

The Meteorological Agency said parts of Miyazaki Prefecture got more than 1 meter of rain since the downpours began Sunday.

For the 24 hours leading up to noon Wednesday, the agency predicted up to 500 mm in some parts of Shikoku, and 400 mm in the Kinki region around Osaka and the Tokai region around Nagoya.

The typhoon had an atmospheric reading of 965 hectopascals as of 6 p.m.

A 37-year-old woman from Okayama was found dead after falling from the deck of a ferry into the Seto Inland Sea off Takamatsu early Tuesday when strong wind shook the vessel just before it arrived at port.

The Takamatsu Coast Guard Office initially said the death was linked to the typhoon, but later said she fell accidentally.

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