20 Sep 2022, 11:05
Update : 20 Sep 2022, 14:48

Four feared dead after typhoon hits Japan

TOKYO, Sept 20, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - Two people were confirmed dead and another
two were found "without vital signs" after Typhoon Nanmadol slammed into
Japan over the weekend, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

The storm system made landfall by the southwestern city of Kagoshima on
Sunday night, and dumped heavy rain across the Kyushu region before moving
along the west coast.

By Tuesday morning, it was downgraded to an extratropical cyclone as it
crossed to the northeastern coast and headed out to sea.

The storm toppled trees, smashed windows and dumped a month's worth of rain
in a 24-hour period on parts of Miyazaki prefecture, where the two deaths
were confirmed.

Government spokesman Hirozaku Matsuno said another two people had been found
"without vital signs," a term often used in Japan before a death has been
officially certified by a coroner.

He said authorities were also searching for one person reported missing.

At least 114 people were injured, 14 of them seriously.

By early Tuesday, about 140,000 homes were still without power nationwide,
mostly in Kyushu.

Japan is currently in its typhoon season and faces around 20 such storms a

Scientists say climate change is increasing the severity of storms and
causing extreme weather such as heat waves, droughts and flash floods to
become more frequent and intense.