Typhoon Vongfong barreled into Japan’s main islands Monday, leaving dozens of people injured and grounding more than 550 flights, Agence France-Presse reported.
Winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour whipped ashore as the typhoon made landfall at Makurazaki on Kyushu island Monday morning, Japan’s meteorological agency was quoted as saying.
Television footage showed the roof and walls of a house ripped off by gusts in Makurazaki, while huge waves were smashing into breakwaters.
Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that at least 68 people had been injured in typhoon-related accidents so far, a figure which included the 23 hurt as the monster storm pounded the southern Okinawa islands.
At Shizuoka in central Japan three Chinese people were swept away by high waves triggered by the typhoon on Sunday afternoon as they were fishing on the coast, AFP quoted a local police spokesman as saying.
“Two of them were rescued safely but the remaining one aged 26 is still missing,” the spokesman said.
The weather agency warned that landslides, floods, high waves and heavy rains could hit a large swathe of the archipelago.
The typhoon paralyzed traffic, stranding tens of thousands of people travelling around the country at the end of a three-day national holiday.
Japanese airlines is said to have cancelled at least 559 flights, while West Japan Railway said it planned to suspend all local services in the western region of Kansai.
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