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Japan: typhoon kills at least nine

Japan: typhoon kills at least nine
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More than 1.6 million people have been affected by a typhoon that battered Japan over the weekend.

The storm dumped one metre of rain in an hour and caused widespread travel disruption at the begining of Japan’s annual ‘Obon’ summer holiday.

More than 200 flights were cancelled and some bullet train services were suspended,leaving many people stranded.

Bringing heavy rain and winds of up to 180 kilometres an hour, the devastating storm claimed at least nine lives.

On Monday morning, many damaged house rooftops were being repaired after the weekend and many trees remained down.

As the typhoon approached the southwest coast it was downgraded to a tropical storm.

More rain was expected on Monday in eastern and northern Japan. There were warnings of landslides and floods.