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Five killed as Typhoon Roke batters tsunami-ravaged Japanese coast

Daniel Miller Daily Mail 09/22/2011 23:27
Five killed as Typhoon Roke batters tsunami-ravaged Japanese coast - typhoon - Japan - Asia

A powerful typhoon is wreaking havoc across Japan having already killed at least five people as it approaches the country's tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast and the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

Typhoon Roke has already lashed Tokyo halting trains and stranding tens of thousands of commuters as it barreled northwards.

Police and local media reported that six people were dead or missing after being swept away by rivers swollen with rains from the typhoon.



Grim: Rescue workers transport evacuees in Nagoya, central Japan. Hundreds of thousands of people have been warned to leave their homes as the approaching typhoon brought heavy rain and fears of landslides and flash flooding


Chaos: Emergency workers struggle to guide motorists through a flooded road in Toyokawa, central Japan

Nearly 260,000 households in central Japan were without electricity, and authorities called for more than a million people to be evacuated in central and eastern Japan.

The storm, packing sustained winds of up to 90 mph hit the country near the city of Hamamatsu, about 125 miles west of Tokyo.

Its projected coursewill take it near the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, where a small amount of radiation is still leaking after three of its reactors melted down when the tsunami cut off power to the plant and its back-up generators.

Takeo Iwamoto, spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that operates the plant, said the cooling system for the reactors, crucial to keeping them under control, will not be endangered by the typhoon.