Accra, Sept. 4 - (DPA/GNA) – At least three people were dead and more than 160 injured as powerful Typhoon Jebi - the strongest for 25 years - pummeled Japan on Tuesday, bringing torrential rains and strong winds to large parts of the country, local media reported.
This is the latest in a series of weather-related disasters to hit Japan this summer.
A man in his 70s died in the western city of Higashiomi after he was buried under a collapsed warehouse, Kyodo News reported. The incident was believed to be caused by strong gales from the typhoon.
Another man in his 70s was dead in the city of Sakai after he was hit by a gust of wind and fell from the second floor, Kyodo said.
In Toyonaka, a person in his 90s was found dead after apparently falling to his death at an apartment building, the report said.
Broadcaster NHK reported one person was in critical condition and 163 people were injured in the storm.
A tanker hit the bridge connecting Kansai International Airport and the city of Izumisano. The ship, which had been anchored in Osaka Bay, was swept towards the bridge as the storm lashed the area.
The airport's runway and the basement floor of a terminal building have been flooded and some 2,600 people have been stranded, according to Kyodo.
The season's 21st typhoon caused the cancellation of nearly 800 flights and many train services, including the high-speed Shinkansen bullet train between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka, NHK said.
About 2.3 million households lost power in central and western Japan, according to Chubu Electric Power and Kansai Electric Power.
Jebi crossed Japan after making landfall around the southern part of Tokushima prefecture shortly after noon (0300 GMT), about 600 kilometres south-west of Tokyo, the Meteorological Agency said.
Jebi was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993, according to Kyodo.
As of 8 pm, the eye of the storm was over the Sea of Japan, about 90 kilometres west of Sado Island, travelling north-north-east at 75 kilometres per hour (km/h) with maximum sustained winds of 126 km/h and gusts of 180 km/h, the agency said.
Weather authorities were warning of mudslides, floods and strong winds and high waves for large parts of the country.
Rainfall of up to 300 millimetres was forecast for the Tokai region and up to 200 millimetres for the Kanto region, including Tokyo, by evening Wednesday, according to the agency.
This summer, Japan suffered its deadliest series of weather-related disasters in over three decades. In early July, torrential rains battered the west, triggering landslides and floods that left 226 people dead and 10 missing.
An intense heatwave that gripped the country immediately afterwards killed more than 130, as temperatures surged above 40 degrees Celsius in some places.