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2 dead, hundreds injured as Typhoon Trami batters Japan

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TOKYO (Xinhua) – A powerful typhoon tore through Japan on Sunday and early morning yesterday, leaving at least two people dead and injuring more than 120 as well as wreaking havoc on transportation systems.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Typhoon Trami first made landfall Sunday night and carved a path through western Japan and eastern and northern parts of Honshu including the wider Tokyo area.

Local media said of the fatalities known so far, a truck driver was killed by a landslide in Tottori prefecture, western Japan.

Another was confirmed dead in Yamanashi prefecture, west of Tokyo, after being found in a river.

A woman in her 60s has also been reported missing after being washed away by an irrigation ditch in Miyazaki prefecture, southwestern Japan.

Public transport across the nation had been severely disrupted, with delays in Tokyo yesterday morning casing disruption as trains and power lines were checked.

Kansai International Airport in Osaka, already battered by a typhoon in September, was closed and was to be reopened yesterday, the airport’s operator said.

The typhoon knocked out power at 450,000 households in Tokyo and its surrounding areas yesterday morning, local reports said.

The season’s 24th typhoon, as of 8 am local time yesterday, was moving on a northeasterly trajectory and was located around 120 km towards the south of Hokkaido’s Cape Erimo, the weather agency said.

The typhoon is traveling at a speed of around 95 km with an atmospheric pressure of 970 hectopascals at its center and packing winds of up to 180 kph, the agency said.

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