(AFP) Powerful typhoon Mawar slammed
into central Japan early Friday, bringing heavy rain and fierce
winds that left at least one person dead and four injured and
disrupted transportation, officials said.
Television footage showed swelling
rivers flooding houses in Miyagi, some 300 kilometers (186
miles) north of Tokyo, and nearly half of a school gymnasiumís
roof being blown off in Kanagawa, south of Tokyo.
Packing winds of up to 108 kilometers
(67 miles) an hour near its center, the typhoon was moving
northeast after just missing Tokyo and hitting Chiba, 50
kilometers (30 miles) east of the capital, the Meteorological
Mawar returned to the Pacific coast
several hours later and was moving at a speed of 20 kilometers
(12 miles) an hour, although the agency had yet to downgrade it
from a typhoon.
Mawar cut power to more than 3,500
households in Chiba overnight, leading to the evacuation of 54
people into a public school, but power was restored in the
morning and residents returned home.
In Shizuoka, 150 kilometers (93 miles)
west of Tokyo, a 55-year-old man died late Thursday after
falling from the roof of his house. Two other men in the
prefecture were also slightly injured in the storm, police said.
One person was lightly injured in
Chiba while a train driver suffered minor cuts when his train
hit fallen trees in Gumma, 100 kilometers north of Tokyo, police
The typhoon flooded 30 households and
triggered seven landslides in Chiba and Shizuoka. It dumped 24
inches of rain in Hakone, a hot-spa resort west of Tokyo, from
Thursday to early Friday.
A total of 89 flights, including eight
international flights, were cancelled on Thursday and Friday due
to the typhoon, affecting more than 12,500 passengers, airlines
On Thursday, the typhoon halted
Japanís bullet train services, affecting some 60,000 people, a
spokesman for Central Japan Railway Company said.
It was the 11th typhoon of the season
and the second to hit Japanís Pacific coast.
In late July, Typhoon Banyan drenched
eastern Japan with rain but, like Mawar, failed to hit Tokyo.
But that typhoon also disrupted traffic, cancelling 43 domestic
Last year a record 10 typhoons hit mainland Japan.
The last of them, Tokage, which means lizard in Japanese, was
the deadliest typhoon in a quarter-century, killing 90 people.