Japan: Typhoon Trami injures dozens in southern islands

A powerful typhoon hurtled toward Japan’s mainland today after injuring dozens on southern islands. Weather officials have warned that fierce winds and torrential rain could trigger landslides and floods.

Typhoon Trami has already sparked travel disruption in the world’s third-biggest economy, with bullet train services in western Japan suspended and almost 1,000 flights cancelled due to the closure of a key airport hub.

According to official sources in Kagoshima, several houses have been flooded or damaged and 38 people sustained minor injuries but no one is feared dead.

Authorities have issued evacuation advisories to some 3 lakh, 49,000 residents, while electricity was cut to more than 3 lakh houses.

Trami is the latest in a series of extreme natural events in Japan, which has suffered typhoons, flooding, earthquakes and heat waves in recent months, claiming scores of lives and causing damage.

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