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Hundreds of thousands of people in Japan have been forced to evacuate their homes amid fears a massive typhoon could wreak havoc.

Typhoon Man-yi struck the mainland on Sunday, packing gusts of more than 160 kilometres per hour, and doubling the region’s annual rainfall.

At least two people have been found dead and more than 100 others hurt.

Although the typhoon has slowly been losing strength, it’s hit the Fukushima atomic power plant in the northeast, bringing heavy rain to surrounding areas.

Alert levels have now been raised amid concerns the storm could result in more contaminated water running out to sea.

Around 300 tonnes of mildly contaminated groundwater is entering the ocean every day having passed under the reactors.

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