Slow-moving Typhoon Talas has made landfall in southern Japan, dumping heavy rain across a wide swath of the country. Public broadcaster NHK says one person has died and three others are missing.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said Saturday that the centre of the typhoon, the 12th of the season, had reached the island of Shikoku and was moving north at less than 10 km per hour. Because of the storm’s slow speed, the agency warned of heavy rain and strong winds centered in south-central Japan that could lead to flooding and landslides.
Kyodo News said 2,200 people were evacuated in 12 prefectures.
NHK and Kyodo said a 75-year-old woman died when she was swept away in a swollen river in Tokushima prefecture, but authorities could not immediately confirm that.