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Japan orders 1.6 million to flee Typhoon Halong

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 01:22

Strong wind and torrential rain brought by typhoon Halong kill at least one person in Japan and 1.6 million others are urged to leave the area. Sarah Toms reports.

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The western Japanese coast was lashed with powerful winds and torrential rains as typhoon Halong made landfall in the Kouchi prefecture. The tropical storm dumped a metre of rain in an hour. The authorities warned the public that it could trigger landslides or major floods. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) JAPANESE DISASTER PREVENTION MINISTER, KEIJI FURUYA, SAYING: "We're concerned about the softened ground due to the record-breaking rain in the region, and we don't even know yet the full extent of the damage as the typhoon is still passing through Japan. I strongly urge strict caution on the possible landslides that can cause direct human damage." More than one and a half million people were told to evacuate their homes as winds of up to 180km/h slowly moved north-east. At least one person was killed, washed away in a raging river, while a surfer was missing off the coast. More than 40 were injured. The typhoon also caused major transport problems. Roads were flooded and more than 200 flights cancelled. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE PASSENGER WHOSE FLIGHT IS CANCELLED DUE TO TYPHOON SAYING: "They've got to be kidding. I never expected this kind of situation." Travellers were stranded at airports and stations as they set off for Japan's annual summer holiday. And there's more misery to come as about 40cm of rain and heavy winds are forecast for eastern Japan.

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Japan orders 1.6 million to flee Typhoon Halong

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 01:22