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Japan: Typhoon Mindulle leaves destruction in its wake

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Japan: Typhoon Mindulle leaves destruction in its wake

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Typhoon Mindulle has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but not before leaving a trail of destruction across Japan’s Hokkaido island.

At least one person has been killed and dozens injured after Asia’s ninth cyclone of the season made landfall south of Tokyo on Monday (August 22).

According to local media, the woman who died was riding her bicycle when she was swept away by flood waters in Sagamihara.

Reports suggest a man was also killed further north in the region.

Torrential rain caused rivers to burst their banks and disrupted travel across Japan’s main island.

Air traffic controllers were forced to temporarily abandon their tower in Tokyo’s Narita International Airport as wind speeds reached over 125 kilometres per hour. While at Haneda, the capital’s other main airport, hundreds of domestic flights were cancelled.

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