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    Aug 23, 2016

    Typhoon Mindulle lashes Tokyo, halts flights, trains


    TOKYO was pummelled by rain and winds as Mindulle became the first typhoon to make landfall near the metropolitan region in 11 years yesterday, bringing the risk of floods and landslides.

    The typhoon's centre passed the Tokyo area as of 4pm local time yesterday, heading north to Hokkaido as its maximum gust speed declined, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

    Typhoon Mindulle is the equivalent of a category 1 hurricane, the weakest on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, reported Bloomberg.

    More than 400 flights at the Haneda and Narita airports were cancelled, affecting at least 49,000 people. Train services were also delayed or cancelled in the morning in greater Tokyo and the region around Shizuoka prefecture to the capital's west, the Kyodo news agency reported.

    A passenger train in rural western Tokyo carrying six passengers was derailed due to a landslide, Jiji News reported.

    No injuries were reported.

    A woman was feared dead in flooding in Kanagawa prefecture to the south of Tokyo while nine people were injured, according to local media reports.

    Tokyo Electric Power said more than 100,000 homes had power outages, mostly in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, where the typhoon made landfall yesterday afternoon.

    The weather agency issued heavy rain and flood warnings for most of eastern Japan, including all 23 wards of central Tokyo.

    The Prime Minister's Office warned of possible landslides and damage from strong waves.

    Nine rivers were at a dangerous risk of flooding, with some areas seeing record levels of rain, according to NHK.

    Mindulle is the ninth typhoon of the season.

    Two other storms are hovering around the Japanese archipelago.

    The 10th, Lionrock, was tracking towards Okinawa and the 11th was weakened to an extra-tropical cyclone after passing over Hokkaido on Sunday night.

    A man's body was found submerged in water beside a road yesterday morning in Hokkaido.

    He was later identified as a 42-year-old local resident.

    Hokkaido is on alert for more landslides as Typhoon Mindulle moves north.