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Typhoon lashes Japan and Taiwan heading to China

(MENAFN - Arab News) TOKYO: Typhoon Chan-hom lashed Japan's Okinawa island chain on Friday as it pushed toward Taiwan and onto China leaving more than 20 people injured.
Thousands were evacuated from eastern China in preparation for the storm which left five dead in the Philippines earlier in the week after heavy rains.
The powerful typhoon categorized as a 'super typhoon' by some regional weather bureaus was moving northwest of Miyako island of the Okinawan island chain on Friday afternoon with recorded gusts of 234 km per hour the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
The typhoon is expected to keep moving northward bringing rainstorms and waves as high as 12 meters at sea Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.
As trees were uprooted and buildings battered at least 23 people were injured and 180 evacuated across the area the Tokyo Broadcasting System broadcaster reported.
The meteorological agency warned that strong winds and high waves would continue to pound the island chain where 42000 households have been left without power.
The storm left five dead in the Philippines including three children as it swept through from Tuesday with flooding almost a metre (three feet) deep in the northern island of Luzon and 1500 people displaced.
Chan-hom began to bear down on Taiwan Friday where the weather bureau categorised it as a 'severe typhoon.'
Four people have been injured so far all of them by falling trees.
Taiwan's stock market was closed and schools and offices shut as heavy rainfall and fierce winds battered the north.
Troops have been deployed to northeastern areas and fishing boats called back to ports.
Mountain communities were particularly at risk with warnings over landslides authorities said. More than 1000 villagers were evacuated from the remote township of Chien-shih in Hsinchu county which had been deluged with 300 mm of rain by Friday afternoon.
'The speed of winds and the amount of rainfall in the north and northeast have been on the rise in the past few hours' Taiwan's weather bureau said.
A number of flights in and out of Okinawa and northern Taiwan have been cancelled. China's National Meteorological Center issued a red alert the highest on Friday morning for Chan-Hom according to state news agency Xinhua.
The storm is due to pass northern Taiwan overnight before making landfall on the east coast of mainland China.

Typhoon lashes Japan and Taiwan heading to China

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