8 Oct 2009

Typhoon Melor batters Japan

10:30 pm on 8 October 2009

A typhoon has struck Japan, killing two people and leaving a trail of damage across the centre of the country.

More than 40 people were injured as Typhoon Melor landed south-west of Tokyo on the main island of Honshu, the BBC reports.

Strong winds and heavy rains flooded roads, uprooted trees and tore roofs from houses. Many flights and train services were cancelled on Thursday.

The typhoon made landfall on Japan's main island of Honshu shortly before dawn in Aichi prefecture, south-west of Tokyo. It moved across densely populated central Japan, with winds gusting up to 198km/h.

In Wakayama Prefecture in western Japan, a newspaper deliveryman died when his motorcycle hit a fallen tree.

Dozens more people have been injured, many by wind-blown debris or broken glass.

Tens of thousands of households were without electricity in western Mie and central Gifu prefectures, while a blackout also hit 3,500 households in Tokyo and in neighbouring Kanagawa, power companies said.

The typhoon has since weakened and has moved into the Pacific.