A powerful typhoon left two people dead, four missing and 108 injured Sept. 7 in Japan as it battered almost the whole of Kyushu with violent winds, causing massive blackouts and disrupting transportation and some mobile networks.
A woman in her 70s in Kagoshima Prefecture died in a hospital after falling in a street gutter Sept. 6 as she tried to evacuate to the house of an acquaintance, and a man in Saga Prefecture died after falling while reinforcing the second-floor windows of his house, according to local authorities.
About 23,000 people in 11 prefectures were taking shelter on Sept. 7, while some 200,000 households in Kyushu continued to be without electricity.
Even as Typhoon Haishen headed for the Korean Peninsula, the Meteorological Agency warned of torrential rain, strong winds and tidal surges in some areas, urging people across a wide area to remain vigilant.
Major mobile carriers NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Corp. said their networks were disrupted in areas of Kyushu, as well as in Shikoku and Chugoku.
In the Nomozaki district of the city of Nagasaki winds reached a record 213.84 kph in the early hours of Sept. 7. (Kyodo)