1 killed, several missing as typhoon hits Japan

At least one person was killed and several were missing Friday after Typhoon Fitow struck Tokyo and headed further inland, media reports said.

1 killed, several missing as typhoon hits Japan
At least one person was killed and several were missing Friday after Typhoon Fitow struck Tokyo and headed further inland, media reports said.


More than 40 people were injured as the storm generated strong winds and heavy rain, and more than 20,000 households at risk of flooding were warned to evacuate.

Train, car and air traffic were severely disrupted. More than 200 flights were cancelled.

Wind speeds of 196 kilometres per hour were recorded in Irozaki, Shizuoka - a record for the month of September.

One 76-year-old man was killed by a falling tree in Nagano prefecture north-west of Tokyo. At least seven people were injured as winds blew in the window of a train in Tokyo, and another three were injured in Shizuoka prefecture as their car windshield was smashed by metre-high waves.

Three homeless people were missing in Kawasaki after a group of them on the Tama River bank were washed away. Two were rescued, city officials said.

The river was feared to have claimed another man who told his wife Thursday night that he was going to look at the rising river and didn't return home, police said.

Fitow made landfall just south-west of Tokyo early Friday and continued north. It weakened after making landfall, but authorities warned that it still had the power to generate dangerous winds and rain.

The ninth typhoon of the season caused rivers in Tokyo and the surrounding area to swell. Water had overflowed into numerous houses, and roads were blocked. About 61,500 homes had lost power since Thursday.

In Tokyo Bay, two freighters collided as they raised anchor. No one was injured in the incident, media reports said.

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