Concern is growing as another powerful typhoon heads towards Japan, described by experts as the strongest storm to hit the country this year.
Typhoon Vongfong follows hot on the heels of typhoon Phanfone, which killed nine people in Japan earlier this week.
Amongst them were three US military servicemen who were swept away by high waves.
The latest storm is heading towards the southern island of Okinawa and expected to make landfall late Saturday (October 11) or early Sunday.
Fourteen people in Okinawa and the neighbouring island of Kyushuhave have been injured due to strong winds, according to a local paper.
The storm has picked up strength since passing through several South Pacific islands and has winds of more than 160 kilometres per hour .
All flights to the island’s airport have been cancelled.
The Japan Meteorological Agency is warning that high seas and torrential rainfall will be likely to lead to flooding and mudslides.