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Thursday, 8th October 2009
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Typhoon Melor hits southern Japan

Tropical Typhoon Melor has reached the south of Japan, the first typhoon to hit the country since 2007.

Thousands of people have been left without power on Japan's main island Honshu and many have been injured after the storm caused floods and damage to buildings.

So far, two people have been killed.

According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, over 11,000 people have been forced to leave their homes and have been evacuated to shelters.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency has predicted that Honshu will be hit by as much as 20 inches of rainfall while the storm passes.

Pictures from Reuters showed large waves hitting the shoreline in Shizuoka City and rescue trucks attempting to put right a lorry overturned by 100 mph winds on a bridge near Toyohashi City.

Transport across Japan has been left in disarray, as major airlines cancelled flights and trains and ferry boats also ceased to operate.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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