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Typhoon Malakas hits southern Japan, heading toward Tokyo


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Typhoon Malakas has brought heavy rain with it, resulting in floods and meaning the local authorities were forced into action.

Record rainfall of more than 120 millimetres in an hour was recorded near Makurazaki City and the southern part of Kagoshima Prefecture, broadcaster NHK reported.

Transportation in the west and southwest of Japan was heavily affected, with 106 air flights canceled because of strong winds. However, there is no record of any injury or death till now.

Malakas should then track across southern Japan, quickly weakening and losing its tropical characteristics by Wednesday.

According to Japan Meteorological Agency, the typhoon, with wind speed of 180 kmh, made landfall in Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island, right after midnight (11pm on Monday according to Singapore time).

A powerful typhoon slammed into Japan on Tuesday, leaving at least three dozen people injured and one missing, as torrential rains caused serious flooding that washed away a bridge and inundated homes and cars. The National Meteorological Center said Malakas will be the 16th storm of this year’s typhoon season and advised the ships to stay out of the sea.

Tokyo’s International Airport has received 392 mm (15.43 inches) of rain since 1 August, more than 250 percent of normal.

In 2013 a powerful typhoon that triggered massive landslides on Oshima island killed 40 people, while 82 died after a typhoon hit Japan in 2011.

Before Lionrock, two typhoons had claimed at least two lives in Japan’s north-east.