Typhoon No. 9 injured 30 people in 18 prefectures while passing through western Japan over the weekend, the National Police Agency said July 28.

The typhoon, the third this season to hit the Japanese archipelago, flooded about 1,300 houses and destroyed two homes, according to an agency tally as of 10 a.m. The storm also damaged 36 sections of road, triggered 55 landslides and destroyed three bridges.

The typhoon, which was downgraded to a tropical low pressure system early July 28, when it was located off the coast of Shimane Prefecture, drenched a wide area of western Japan with heavy rains. But the Meteorological Agency said the low pressure system was not expected to lose its strength immediately and warned of heavy rains from Kyushu to the Kanto region. It forecast rainfall of up to 150 mm by midday July 29 in those areas.

In Yamaguchi Prefecture, torrential rains triggered a landslide and covered a section of JR Sanin Line track with mud and rocks, leading to suspension of services between Higashi-Hagi and Nago. No railway accidents were reported.

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