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Typhoon Neoguri hits Japan, two die, 40 people injured

July 09, 2014, 8:32 UTC+3 VLADIVOSTOK
Typhoon Neoguri to go around Russia’s Primorye, but heading for Sakhalin, forecast
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VLADIVOSTOK, July 09. /ITAR-TASS/. At least two people died and around 40 have got different injuries in a strong typhoon Neoguri which hit southern Japan.

Both casualties are fishermen. A strong tidal wave has hit one of them in prefecture Kumamoto on Kyushu Island when he was trying to fasten his schooner on the coast. The second drowned when his vessel capsized in a sudden gust of wind.

Around 107.5 thousand people remain without power supplies over broken power lines and other accidents in 31 settlements on Okinawa Island. More than 500 thousand people were advised to evacuate over a threat of floods and landslides looming in prefecture Okinawa. On Wednesday, their number was reduced to 200 thousand.

The storm warning is still in effect in the region due to heavy rain and record precipitation reported in many places. Reports are coming about many flooded houses, some of which are in water up to the roof. Overthrown cars and debris of broken billboards and different garbage are seen in the streets of Okinawa settlements.

However, Japanese authorities urged local residents in the main part of the country to which the typhoon was coming to show maximum possible vigilance. 

Typhoon Neoguri which means racoon in English is expected to reach Japan’s capital, Tokyo, on Friday, ITAR-TASS reported from the Japanese capital. Neoguri has passed Okinawa Island and is moving to a big Japanese island of Kyushu. Torrential rain is going there. More than 100 air flights are cancelled in the south of Kyushu, mainly to remote smaller islands.

Typhoon Neoguri will bring moderate rain to Russia’s far eastern Primorsky territory, however, the territory was put on high alert, territorial authorities said on Wednesday.

“Examining the weather report in Primorsky territory and cloud movement in Japan we came to conclusion that the typhoon would not come to us. It is heading for Sakhalin Island,” Deputy Governor of the territory Alexander Los said.

According to weathermen, the typhoon will trigger moderate rain on the eastern coast of the territory in Lazo, Olga, Ternei districts and Dalnegorsk urban district.

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