Typhoon Krosa to Strike Western Japan, Snarling Traffic


Tokyo, Aug. 15 (Jiji Press)--Massive Typhoon Krosa was on course to make landfall in western Japan on Thursday afternoon, bringing strong winds and torrential rain and causing traffic chaos in a key summer holiday period.

The typhoon, the 10th of this year, was traveling north near Sadamisaki Peninsula in Ehime Prefecture, in the Shikoku region, late in the morning and was expected to strike the Chugoku region in the afternoon and cut across the region before reaching the Sea of Japan in the night.

The Japan Meteorological Agency put local residents on alert for landslides, flooding, windstorm and high waves.

According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency and other sources, five people have been injured in four prefectures, including a 60-year-old woman in Ehime Prefecture who fell into a ditch and broke her hip.

In the town of Kusu, Oita Prefecture, 18 people including children had been stranded since Wednesday evening due to a swollen river. All of them were rescued on Thursday morning.

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