Deadly Typhoon Phanfone Lashes Japan

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Typhoon Phanfone lashed Japan with torrential rain, killing at least one person and causing many flights to be cancelled.

Deadly Typhoon Phanfone Lashes Japan

Areas affected by the typhoon included Tokyo, the capital, where high winds and heavy rains disrupted commuters.

More than 200,000 people were warned to evacuate their homes before Phanfone headed out to sea on Monday.

Earlier, winds of up to 180km per hour whipped ashore as the typhoon made landfall in central Japan, the country's meteorological agency said.

One US serviceman was killed on Sunday after being swept away by high waves near the southwestern island of Okinawa, two of his colleagues were also reported missing.

A surfing university student is also missing in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, NHK reported..

In total six people have been reported dead or missing, according to police and coastguard.

Typhoon Phanfone grounded more than 600 flights, and caused the cancellation of dozens of bullet train services.

In Shizuoka prefecture, drivers were forced to slow down as they battled through several centimetres of floodwater.

Some roads were cut off entirely by deep flooding.

 

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