Typhoon-swollen river strands people in Japan
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.