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Tokyo – Tifoon Vongfong

Vongfong

Tifoon Vangfong oppad na Japan wat nog  besig is om te herstel  na verlede week se tifoon Phanfone

TOKYO – A powerful typhoon has poured heavy rains over Japan’s southern island of Okinawa and veered northeastward toward the main island of Kyushu, becoming the second severe storm to hit in a week.

At least 28 people have been reported injured in Kyushu and Okinawa, and 150,000 people have been told to evacuate.

Typhoon Vongfong, packing winds of up to 178 kilometres (110 miles) per hour, has been downgraded from a “super-typhoon” and is on course to reach Kyushu by Monday.

Warnings have been issued about mudslides and strong winds knocked out power lines, halting bullet train service.

Last week’s typhoon killed three U.S. airmen who were washed out at sea in Okinawa.

Okinawa is home to about half of the roughly 50,000 American troops stationed in Japan.

Typhoon heads to Japanese islands

The powerful typhoon was heading toward the main Japanese islands Sunday after pummeling Okinawa.

Vongfong, the second typhoon in a week, was projected to make landfall on the island of Kyushu early Monday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

About 210,000 residents were advised to evacuate their homes, as the agency warned of flooding, mudslides and high waves on Okinawa and neighbouring islands, 1,600 kilometres south-west of Tokyo.

As of 10 am (0100 GMT), the eye of the storm was 220 kilometres west of Amami Oshima island, heading north-northwest at 20 kilometres per hour (kph), the agency said.

The typhoon was expected to rip through the main Japanese island of Honshu on Monday and Tuesday.

Rainfall of up to 400 millimetres was forecast for southern Kyushu by Monday morning, up to 200 millimetres for the Amami island region and up to 150 millimetres for northern Kyushu and the south-western island of Shikoku, the agency said.

Phanfone, the season’s 18th typhoon, pounded many parts of Japan a week ago, killing nine people, the Kyodo News agency reported.

– Sapa