Fleeing fierce winds and heavy rain, the people of Japan have once again been struck by a natural disaster.
A powerful typhoon, the second this month, has hit the island nation, still reeling from a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.
Typhoon Roke has left at least 15 people dead or missing and the toll could rise further.
With rush-hour commuter trains suspended in and around Tokyo, thousands of stranded passengers had to queue for the public transport still available.
Air traffic was also badly affected, with hundreds of flights cancelled.
The storm passed near the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, raising fears that heavy rain could cause radioactive water to overflow into the sea.
But no damage was reported.
Once again, the Japanese have been forced to face up to Mother Nature’s wrath. September’s earlier typhoon left around 100 people dead or missing.
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