Eight injured in Japan from typhoon Kong-rey

World | 5 Oct 2018 12:43 pm

Typhoon Kong-rey is battering Japan's south. At least eight people have been injured. It is the second storm to hit the region in less than a week.

The typhoon is moving north from Okinawa. It has caused blackouts in some areas. About 10,000 households are without power in the prefecture, NHK reports.

Officials in one town have ordered residents to evacuate to an emergency shelter. In the Amami Islands in Kagoshima prefecture, nearly 20,000 households have no power.

Heavy downpours are also affecting parts of the southwestern islands of Kyushu and Shikoku.

Weather officials are warning people to watch out for rainstorms, strong winds, high waves, mudslides, and floods.

Airlines have announced the cancellation of more than 100 domestic flights to and from Okinawa.

Most ferry services in the region have been suspended.

In some areas of the typhoon's expected path, people are stepping up efforts to limit the damage. In a town in northeast Japan, officials checked a river embankment. They examined whether it is strong enough to withstand the storm.

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