Typhoon Tokage has begun sweeping across Japan, claiming at least 15 lives, while more than 20 people are missing.
In Fukuoka it was the high winds that were playing havoc with pedestrians, and traffic. Gusts have reached up to 200 kilometres per hour. But it is not just the gales that are causing problems. The torrential downpour meant flash flooding in Miyazaki. Locals say they have never seen such heavy rain. All that water has also provoked devastating mud slides which have covered houses and cars. In Oita rescue workers have been using sandbags to try to direct the flow of water away from homes and offices. The storm is expected to pass close to Tokyo later. Its progress is being watched with weary familiarity by many Japanese. Tokage is the country’s second typhoon in under two weeks and a its record tenth this year.