Millions in Japan evacuate due to typhoon

About two million people in southwestern Japan have been ordered to evacuate because of the approaching powerful typhoon Nanmadol, which will hit the region today, public broadcaster NHK-World Japan reported.

Unprecedented storms and rainfall could hit the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu, the Japan Meteorological Agency warned. “There is a risk of unprecedented storms and high waves in Kagoshima Prefecture,” the agency warned, adding that it could cause a “large-scale disaster.”

Meteorological authorities have issued an emergency warning for Kagoshima prefecture on the island of Kyushu. Residents of 965,000 households were ordered to evacuate in the coastal cities of Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Amakusa. A fifth alert level, the highest on Japan’s disaster warning scale, was issued to more than 14,000 people in the city of Nishinomote on Kyushu island.

Nanmadol is the 14th typhoon to pass through Japan this year and is currently forecast to reach Kyushu on Sunday evening. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have already canceled at least 335 flights scheduled to depart from or arrive at airports in Japan on Sunday.

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