Typhoon Vongfong sweeps Japan, leaving 2 dead, 91 injured

Kyodo

The large typhoon that swept through the Japanese archipelago this weekend lessened in intensity Tuesday morning as it veered out to sea, leaving at least two people dead and 91 injured.

Typhoon Vongfong made landfall twice in Japan on Monday — in Kagoshima Prefecture in the southwest and Osaka Prefecture in the west — and passed inland of Tokyo, causing extensive disruption to airports and railways on the last day of a three-day weekend.

Local governments issued evacuation advisories to 1.76 million people nationwide.

West Japan Railway had canceled all local train services in the Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe areas and more than 100 limited express trains by around 4 p.m. Monday as the typhoon approached.

The train cancellations affected around 480,000 people. Most services resumed Tuesday morning.

In the town of Yazu, Tottori Prefecture, a man in his 90s who had gone outside to check his persimmon field was found drowned in an irrigation channel Monday night, police said.

On Tuesday in Ehime Prefecture, a 72-year-old man was confirmed dead after apparently driving his light truck into a pond.

Those injured Monday included a 90-year-old man in Okawa, Fukuoka Prefecture, who broke a leg after falling while checking the wind outside, while in Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture, a 51-year-old Kobe man visiting relatives broke several ribs in a fall.

In Shizuoka, three Chinese were swept away by high waves Sunday afternoon while fishing on the coast. Two were rescued but a 26-year-old individual remained missing, the police said.

As the storm largely skipped Tokyo directly and headed back to the Pacific Ocean before dawn, its impact on commuters in the capital was muted Tuesday morning.

Although some trains were canceled, there were no major disruptions to railways in the metropolitan area, according to the website of East Japan Railway Co.

Rainfall between Monday and Tuesday reached 83 mm per hour in Sumoto, Hyogo Prefecture, and 79 mm at Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture.

Radar analysis showed that about 90 mm of rain likely fell around Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture, leading the Meteorological Agency to warn of rapid, record rainfall.

Total rainfall brought by the typhoon exceeded 500 mm in Misato, Miyazaki Prefecture, and 400 mm at one other location in Miyazaki and elsewhere in western Japan.

Near Mount Ontake in central Japan, where several hikers remain missing in the wake of last month’s eruption, local governments were on alert Monday in case the downpour washed away volcanic ash, causing mudslides.