7.9.14: Typhoon and mudslides cause problems in Japan and China
TOKYO (AP) — The strong typhoon that slammed through Okinawa has swerved toward Japan’s heavily populated central islands.
It’s forecast to hit Kyushu island tomorrow and could travel across the main island of Honshu, which includes the major cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The torrents of rainfall expected could trigger landslides and floods, and much of eastern Japan could see lightning and possibly tornadoes.
Local governments have issued warnings for strong winds, high tides and heavy rains, and are advising people to stay indoors as much as possible.
Meanwhile, Okinawa’s government says the typhoon toppled trees, flooded cars and injured at least 30 people. Nearly 38,000 homes remain without power on the southern island.
One man is reported missing from a fishing boat in rough seas off Kyushu to the north.
Meanwhile, seventeen people have gone missing after being likely swept into a river or buried in mud by a landslide in southwestern China.
The official Xinhua News Agency says today’s landslide triggered by heavy rains in Yunnan province left another person injured.
It says more than 140 rescuers, using excavators, fire trucks and ambulances, are searching the site of the landslide, which lies about 550 yards from the Nujiang river.