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Heavy rain lashes western, southwestern Japan as Typhoon Danas moves over Korean Peninsula

Kyodo, JIJI

Southwestern Japan continued to be lashed by heavy rain Sunday as a typhoon passed across the Korean Peninsula, leaving several injured and affecting voting for the Upper House election, authorities said.

Some roads in Fukuoka Prefecture were flooded, leading to a two-hour delay to the start of voting in the city of Kurume, which saw a record 90 millimeters of rain fall during one hourlong period.

Evacuation orders or advisories were issued for parts of Fukuoka and nearby Saga Prefecture, the Meteorological Agency said.

In Kurume, a 94-year-old woman broke a rib after falling while evacuating, police said.

The agency warned of further rain and mudslides in the western regions of Shikoku and Kyushu.

Typhoon Danas brought torrential rain to northern Kyushu over the weekend, including the Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture where three women sustained minor injuries, according to local authorities.

Landslide warnings were issued for some areas in three prefectures in Kyushu — Fukuoka, Saga and Oita — as well as parts of Hiroshima in the Chugoku region and Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku. Such warnings were temporarily issued for parts of Nagasaki and Miyazaki prefectures in Kyushu.

Evacuation orders were issued for the whole of the Fukuoka town of Chikuzen, some areas in the Fukuoka cities of Kurume and Asakura, the city of Hiroshima and the city of Hatsukaichi in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Services were partially canceled or delayed on the Kyushu Shinkansen line operated by Kyushu Railway Co., or JR Kyushu. Some train services were canceled or delayed on lines operated by Kyushu Railway Co., including the Nippo Main Line, the Nagasaki Main Line and the Kagoshima Main Line.

Sections of the Kyushu Expressway, the Nagasaki Expressway and the Oita Expressway were also closed to traffic.

Danas made landfall on the Korean Peninsula late Saturday night and moved into the Sea of Japan shortly before noon Sunday.

As of 9 p.m. Sunday, the fifth typhoon of this year turned into an extratropical cyclone as it was traveling the Sea of Japan.

In the 24 hours until noon Monday, rainfall is seen totaling up to 200 millimeters in northern Kyushu, up to 150 millimeters in Chugoku and Shikoku, and up to 100 millimeters in southern Kyushu.