Typhoon Krosa Lashes Western Japan, Leaving One Dead


Tokyo, Aug. 15 (Jiji Press)--Massive Typhoon Krosa made landfall in western Japan on Thursday, bringing strong winds and torrential rain, leaving one man dead and causing traffic chaos in a key summer holiday period.

The typhoon, the 10th of this year, slammed into the vicinity of Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, at around 3 p.m. (6 a.m. GMT). It then cut across the Chugoku region including Hiroshima and was expected to reach the Sea of Japan on Thursday night, before turning into an extratropical cyclone by early Saturday.

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

According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency and other sources, an 82-year-old man was confirmed dead after falling into the sea on the island of Innoshima, in Onomichi, Hiroshima, while trying to moor a ship. Eleven people were injured in eight prefectures.

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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