Typhoon Lan batters Japan, whipping up huge seas and leaving two dead

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 24, 2017

At least seven persons were killed and over 90 injured as typhoon Lan lashed wide swathes of Japan after making landfall in central Japan early on Monday.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, typhoon Lan will be downgraded to an extra tropical cyclone on Monday night when it reaches east of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

According to the weather agency, Mie Prefecture was also hit hard, with the storm dumping 700 mm of rain through the same period, which also caused extensive flooding in parts of Nara Prefecture.

The body of a 70-year-old man whose boat developed engine trouble was found on a beach after he dove into the sea to try to grab a rope from another vessel, Kyodo News service reported. Separately, a 61-year-old man has been missing in eastern Japan's Ibaraki prefecture after he went fishing on Sunday.

In Osaka Prefecture, a 68-year-old man was found dead in a submerged vehicle, while a man in his 80s died from head injuries after falling in Osaka city, local media reported.

A 29-year-old man was also found in a submerged vehicle in the central prefecture of Mie.

The typhoon also led to cancellation of as many as 350 flights across Japan by the Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. only, a move that affected some 43,000 passengers, according to the Japan Times.

Shinkansen bullet train services were suspended along parts of the Tokaido line, and local services in Tokyo and Osaka were disrupted during rush hour.

Sunday's election was the first lower house race in which 18- and 19-year-olds were able to vote, after a legal change took effect last year.

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