At least six people died and seven others are missing as powerful typhoon Roke made landfall on Japan’s largest main island of Honshu on Wednesday and brought heavy rain that triggered floods and landslides.
Typhoon Roke made landfall near Hamamatsu City, 200 km west of Tokyo, at around 2 p.m., according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The agency called for maximum caution against possible mudslides, floods, strong winds and high waves in a wide area through Thursday evening.
The typhoon disrupted air and land traffic in central Japan, stranding tens of thousands of commuters in Tokyo as trains and subway services were suspended in the evening. It cancelled more than 300 domestic flights and some bullet train services.
Evacuation advisories or orders have been issued for about 450,000 people, mainly in western and central Japan, due to fear of flooding or mudslides triggered by the typhoon. More than 89,000 households lost power as of Wednesday evening.
The powerful storm is expected to head toward the northeastern region devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. At the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where a small amount of radiation is still leaking after the March 11 natural disaster hit the facilities, workers stepped up efforts to prevent further leakage of radiation.
As of 10:45 p.m. (1345 GMT), the season’s 15 typhoon for Japan was located 40 km east-northeast of Minami Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture, moving northeast at 65 per hour and packing winds of up to 180 km per hour.