Typhoon Maria kills at least four sparking mass evacuation in Japan, Asia put on alert
TYPHOON Maria has killed at least four people and injured dozens more in Japan, with the storm path also threatening the Philippines, China and the Korean peninsula.
More than 210,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in Japan, with the storm, now classed as a super typhoon, threatens landslides and torrential floods across eastern Asia.
One man was sucked into a drainage pipe while an elderly women was killed after she was swept away by strong winds.
Several people have been declared missing, including a man who’s car was blown away and a boy who was swept into a ditch, Japan’s NHK national TV station reported.
Rescue services were deployed after victims were dragged under massive landslides, leaving dozens injured, as emergency personnel rushed to dig them out.
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About 210,000 people have been ordered from their homes, half of them from Japan’s ancient city of Kyoto.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has put the region on the highest alert, warning residents of more rain and landslides set to bring catastrophic damage to homes, buildings and roads.
Dangers are particularly high in an area within the southwestern main island of Kyushu.
Trains have been suspended across western and central Japan, including several sections of Shinkansen bullet train.
Heavy downpours have caused massive landslides across southwestern Japan
Officials have warned Super Typhoon Maria will hit eastern China and the Korean Peninsula next week, with officials placing the East on high alert.
Winds of up to 156mph are set to threaten East Asia, as the super typhoon moves northwest away from Guam and is set to travel further towards the East.
The treacherous typhoon, originating from the western Pacific Ocean northwest of Guam, may soon strengthen into an intense Category 4 hurricane, and has the ability to cause catastrophic destruction to buildings, roads and residences.
On Thursday, Typhoon Maria moved away from Guam and managed to strengthen into a Super Typhoon by early Friday, with officials warning ships to steer clear of the storm’s path as dangerous seas and treacherous conditions are expected over the weekend.
Typhoon Maria has hit Japan, threatening residents with torrential floods and landslides
Torrential rains have resulted in massive floods across several regions in Kyoto and Kyushu
Authorities predict the typhoon’s path could get close to eastern China, and even Shanghai, then curl northeastward towards the Korean Peninsula.
Typhoon Maria could also travel further east over the Yellow Sea and head near Korea later on in the week, though experts say it is too soon to predict its path.
Super Typhoon Maria’s name originated from Hurricane Maria, the destructive storm that caused catastrophic destruction in Puerto Rico in 2017.
The rain appeared to have been fuelled by warm, humid air travelling up from the Pacific Ocean.
Officials predict the storm may target southwestern islands of Okinawa, Japan early next week.