Typhoon Nanmadol hits Japan causing landslides and floods

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 Typhoon Nanmadol hits Japan causing landslides and flooding

Rescuers in Japan have warned of mudslides and flooding after one of the worst storms in decades hit the country.

Typhoon Nanmadol has killed at least four people and injured more than 100 after it hit the southern island of Kyushu on Sunday morning.

By Tuesday, 140,000 homes were still without power.

State broadcaster NHK reported that one person died when his car sank during the flood. The second victim was buried under a landslide. At least 114 people were injured, 14 of them in serious condition.

The wind speed of the super typhoon reached 234 km/h, which is equivalent to a Category 4 or 5 hurricane.

Capital Tokyo endured heavy rain and the Tozai subway line was suspended due to flooding. Bullet trains, ferries and hundreds of flights were canceled; shops and businesses closed. Local video footage shows roofs ripped off buildings and billboards overturned .

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has postponed his visit to New York, where he was due to deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly, until Tuesday to oversee the hurricane relief effort.

Scientists have predicted an active hurricane season this year, driven by a natural phenomenon known as La Niña.

Rising sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic and Caribbean as a result of climate change could also affect the frequency and intensity of hurricanes.< br />

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