Typhoon-swollen river strands people in Japan

A typhoon that killed at least one person and disrupted life in the Tokyo area weakened to a tropical storm after leaving dozens stranded by a swollen river.

Falling tree kills man; thousands of homes without power

A typhoon that killed at least oneperson and disrupted life in the Tokyo area has weakened to a tropical storm after leaving dozens strandedby aswollen river on the edge of the Japanese capital.

Twenty-nine people were rescued Fridayfrom sandbankson the Tama RiveraftertyphoonFitowlashed theregion withpowerful winds and heavy rain, Tokyo's Mainichi Daily News reported.

The Tamacuts through the Tokyo-Yokahama corridor, home to more than 16 million people, and enters Tokyo Bay at Kawasaki, an industrial suburb of the capital.

Fitow, named for a flower found in Micronesia,made landfall southwest of Tokyo early Friday with winds as high as 126 km/h near its centre, the public broadcaster NHK said.

According to NHK, the typhoon:

  • Leftone person dead, one missing and 69injured.
  • Disrupted rail, air, sea and highway trafficin and around Tokyo.
  • Did serious damage to harvests.
  • Left thousands of houses without electricity.

A 76-year-old man died in Nagano prefecture, west of Tokyo,after being hit by a falling tree, and a 52-year-old person went missing after leaving home in Kawasaki, Mainichi said.