Large and powerful Typhoon Chaba hit Kyushu and Shikoku on Monday, leaving five people dead, four missing and more than 70 injured.
It is the sixth typhoon to strike the main Japanese islands so far this year. According to the Meteorological Agency, which began keeping relevant data in 1951, this matches the full-year record set in 1990 and equaled in 1993.
In Miyazaki Prefecture, a 71-year-old man trying to fix a storage roof died after he was blown to the ground by strong winds, while an 82-year-old man attempting to saw a branch off a tree died after a gust of wind whisked him off his ladder, local police said.
A 51-year-old woman died in Kagawa Prefecture when she was blown off the roof of her house.
In Kokubu, Kagoshima Prefecture, a small truck carrying two men fell into a swollen river. One of the men was rescued but the other, along with a third man who leaped in to try and rescue them, died.
Four crew members of a Vietnamese-registered freighter went missing after they were swept off their vessel, the 5,552-ton Vihan 05, after it ran aground off Ehime Prefecture, the local Japan Coast Guard office said.
On Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, strong winds blew out windowpanes. Flying glass injured one person seriously in the eye. On Yakushima Island, a person was injured from walking on broken glass.
Across Kyushu, Shikoku and the Chugoku and Hokuriku regions, at least 73 people were hurt, according to police reports. More than 38,000 people were evacuated from their homes.
Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures requested disaster rescue aid from Ground Self-Defense Force troops.
As of 6 p.m., Chaba, which means “hibiscus” in Thai, was near the city of Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture. It had an atmospheric pressure of 965 hectopascals and winds of up to 126 kph near its center. It was traveling north-northeast at 40 kph, the Meteorological Agency said.
The typhoon, the season’s 16th, also caused power blackouts to 309,600 households in Kyushu, including 167,800 households in Kagoshima Prefecture, according to Kyushu Electric Power Co.
Electric power went out at least temporarily at some 58,453 households in Shikoku and the Chugoku region, Chugoku Electric Power Co. said. Air, sea and land traffic were disrupted in Kyushu, with flight cancellations and delays expected to continue through Monday.
Airlines had canceled more than 700 flights by the evening, most of them connecting Kyushu and Shikoku with other parts of Japan.
High-speed ferry service between Fukuoka and Pusan, South Korea, was canceled Monday, as was domestic ferry service to and from Kyushu and Shikoku.
Kyushu Railway Co. canceled 14 express train runs with sleeping berths connecting Kyushu with Tokyo and western Japan, and suspended most Kyushu Shinkansen Line bullet-train and conventional train runs.
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