2 dead, 3 missing as typhoon rips through Japan

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TOKYO: A powerful typhoon ripped through the Japanese archipelago on Monday, leaving two people dead and three others missing, officials and news reports said. Typhoon Talim made landfall Sunday in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, packing winds of up to 162 kilometers (105 miles) per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The storm, moving northeast along the country, reached the nation’s northern island of Hokkaido by Monday morning, dumping torrential rain and paralyzing domestic transportation on its way. A 86-year-old woman was found dead late Sunday after her house was hit by a landslide in Kagawa, western Japan, while a 60-year-old driver was found dead in his car which sank under a swollen river in Kochi, also in western Japan, local police officers said. Public broadcaster NHK said three people were missing in western Japan, and 38 people had been injured in storm-related accidents. At least 116 domestic flights were cancelled on Monday because of strong winds, and some bullet train services were suspended in northern Japan due to the typhoon, NHK said.

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