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Millions told to evacuate as super typhoon hits Japan

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More than nine million people have been told to evacuate their homes as Japan is battered by one of the worst typhoons the country has ever seen.

The storm has killed at least two people since it hit Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture, according to reporting from Reuters. One man was found dead in a car on a flooded-out farm, while another man died when his cottage was hit by a landslide.

At least one person is missing, and almost 90 other storm-related injuries have been reported, according to Reuters.

It hit Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands, on Sunday morning, and is set to reach Honshu, the largest island, in the coming days.

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Tens of thousands of people spent Sunday night in emergency shelters, and almost 350,000 homes are without power.

Rescue workers attend a landslide in Kyushu

Transport and business has been disrupted, and the country is braced for extensive flooding and landslides.

Nanmadol has brought gusts of up to 234km/h (145mph), and some areas were forecast 400mm (16 inches) of rain in 24 hours.

Bullet train services, ferries, and hundreds of flights have been cancelled. Many shops and other businesses have closed, and sandbags have been put in place to protect some properties.

Local video footage shows roofs ripped off buildings and billboards toppled over.

The storm is forecast to turn east and pass over Japan’s main island of Honshu before moving out to sea by Wednesday. The capital, Tokyo, has experienced heavy rain, with the Tozai underground line suspended because of flooding.

A level-five alert, the highest on Japan’s disaster warning scale, has been issued for more than 500,000 people in the Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Oita, Kumamoto and Yamaguchi areas.

A total of around nine million people have been ordered to evacuate parts of the Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku regions after a level four alert.

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