One dead as Typhoon Faxai makes landfall in Tokyo


One person has been killed as a powerful typhoon hit Tokyo overnight with ferocious winds

More than 160 flights were canceled and scores of train lines were closed for hours, snarling the morning commute for millions in a greater Tokyo area that has a population of some 36 million, with authorities warning it was dangerous to venture outside.

Police confirmed that a woman in her fifties died in the storm, footage from a nearby security camera showed she had been smashed against a building by strong winds.

More than 30 people were injured in the storm, the Kyodo news agency said, including a woman who sustained serious injuries after pillars at a golf range were toppled by high winds and hit a house.

A neighbour said, “There was a huge grinding noise, I couldn’t figure out what it was. Then I looked up and saw a big hole in the roof, but I was so keyed up I couldn’t figure out what had happened.”

According to reports, Some minor landslides occurred and washed away a bridge, while as many as 930,000 houses lost power at one point, including the entire city of Kamogawa.

However, the number of homes without power had dropped to 840,000 by early Monday afternoon, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.

About 2,000 people were ordered to leave their homes because of the danger of landslides.

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