Typhoon Lan sweeps across Japan: 2 reported dead

2017-10-23 09:13
This aerial photo shows a collapsed road in Kishiwada, Osaka after heavy rain brought by a powerful typhoon. (Yuki Sato, Kyodo News via AP)

This aerial photo shows a collapsed road in Kishiwada, Osaka after heavy rain brought by a powerful typhoon. (Yuki Sato, Kyodo News via AP)

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Tokyo - A powerful typhoon caused flooding and landslides along the Pacific coast of Japan, killing at least two people before heading out to sea on Monday.

Typhoon Lan made landfall in central Japan around 03:00 on Monday and swept across Tokyo before heading out to sea several hours later off north-eastern Japan.

The body of a 70-year-old man whose boat developed engine trouble was found on a beach after he dove into the sea to try to grab a rope from another vessel, Kyodo News service reported.

It also said a passer-by was killed when high winds brought down scaffolding at a construction site in Fukuoka city in southern Japan.

READ: Typhoon Lan bears down on Japan

Heavy rains inundated neighbourhoods in Wakayama prefecture, south of Osaka.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that an 82-year-old man was found unconscious in the morning after a mudslide hit his house overnight in Wakayama's Kinokawa city.

The storm delayed vote counting in Wakayama and other parts of western Japan for national elections on Sunday.

Domestic flights were cancelled and some of Japan's high-speed "bullet" trains, as well as other trains, were suspended.

Parts of expressways were closed as a precaution for possible flooding.

Authorities issued flood and landslide warnings and evacuation advisories to hundreds of thousands of residents ahead of the approaching typhoon.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 17 people were injured by the storm, all of them slightly.

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