Deadly Super Typhoon ‘Lan’ kills at Least Two People after Hitting Japan’s Largest Island


More than 70,000 households across Japan were advised to evacuate and more than 5,000 were ordered to do so.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Lan, a “very large” storm with an eye 50 nautical miles wide and winds reaching speeds of 216 kilometers per hour, has passed through the southernmost point of Honshu and is moving north-east at a speed of 50 kilometers per hour, and has at least killed two people.

In the south-western city of Fukuoka, a man died as scaffolding collapsed at a construction site due to intense winds, according to the Japanese police.

Another man, 70, died in western Japan after his boat’s engine failed and he dived into the sea in an attempt to grab the rope from another vessel in the view of the approaching storm.

A JMA official told locals and residents, “The wind and rain will grow stronger as the night goes on, so take measures as needed as early as possible, preferably before it gets dark.”

According to a report by Japan Times, the typhoon led to cancellation of as many as 350 flights across Japan by the Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. only, a move that affected some 43,000 passengers.

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