Powerful typhoon crosses Japan's main island, killing 4

Howard TerryOct 05, 2018

According to public broadcaster NHK, a truck driver was killed in a landslide in the western town of Tottori while another man reportedly drowned in a river in Yamanashi, west of Tokyo.

More than 910,000 people were affected by cancellations and delays of almost 1,300 conventional train services and of 10 shinkansen bullet train services by JR East.

At least two people have been killed and scores injured by a powerful typhoon that brought down trees onto railway tracks and kicked up debris across Tokyo as it brushed past the Japanese capital.

Farms and homes in Miyazaki on the southern main island of Kyushu were flooded as Typhoon Trami swept across southwestern Japan.

More than 230 flights were cancelled, mainly in northern Japan, NHK said.

Major airports throughout airport including Tokyo's Narita and Haneda cancelled flights from to and from the city.

Huge crowds built up at Tokyo train stations, where people battled for spots in jam-packed commuter trains.

At 12.50 pm the typhoon was over the ocean about 200 km east of the port city of Nemuro on the northern island of Hokkaido.

Japan has been hit by a series of typhoons this year, including Typhoon Jebi, which ravaged western Japan last month and left at least 11 people dead while paralyzing for a time the Kansai International Airport in Osaka.

East Japan Railway Co. shut down all of its train services in the metropolitan area Sunday evening and had only resumed them partially by 9 a.m. Monday.

Kansai International Airport in Osaka, which was temporarily crippled by a typhoon in early September, reopened at 6 a.m., although numerous flights scheduled in the morning had been canceled.

Deadly record rainfall hit western Japan earlier this year and the country sweltered through one of the hottest summers on record.

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