Japan hit by strongest typhoon in 25 years ‘Jebi’

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Japan has been hit by the strongest typhoon in 25 years. Typhoon Jebi made landfall in the west of the country, bringing heavy rain and winds of up to 216km/h (135 mph). With official warning more than a million people are to evacuate their homes.

There are no reports of casualties and the storm is expected to weaken as it continues to move across the country.

The storm made landfall on Shikoku island around noon on Tuesday local time and then moved across Japan’s largest main island of Honshu.

Hundreds of flights, trains and ferries had to be cancelled. Flooding covered the runways at Kansai International Airport in Osaka.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened an emergency meeting and called on people “to take action to protect your lives, including preparing and evacuating early”.

In July landslides and massive floods – the worst in decades – killed more than 200 people. That was followed by a record deadly heatwave.

 

 

(Featured image : Deutsche Welle)

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