Super Typhoon Nanmadol slams into Japan

Current Affairs

  • One of the biggest typhoons ever to strike Japan has made landfall on the southern island of Kyushu.
  • A tropical storm that dumped heavy rain as it cut across Japan moved into the Pacific Ocean after killing two and injuring more than 100, paralyzing traffic and leaving thousands of homes without power.
  • Typhoon Nanmadol has brought winds of at least 180 km/h (112mph) and some areas could see 500mm (20 inches) of rainfall.
  • At least four million people have been told to evacuate their homes.
  • Extensive flooding and landslides are expected, while bullet train services, ferries, and hundreds of flights have been cancelled.
  • The typhoon made landfall near the city of Kagoshima, on the southern tip of Kyushu.
  • People across Kyushu have been told to seek refuge in shelters, but the evacuation warnings are not mandatory, and authorities have in the past struggled to convince people to move to shelter before extreme weather events.

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