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Last Updated: Friday, 26 August 2005, 06:29 GMT 07:29 UK
Central Japan battered by typhoon
High waves approaching the coastal road in Shizuoka, central Japan
Giant waves buffeted Japan's coastline before the typhoon struck
A powerful typhoon has struck near Japan's capital, Tokyo, killing one person and injuring at least two.

Typhoon Mawar brought winds of 108km/h (67mph) and heavy rain, triggering flood warnings for the Tokyo region.

A large number of flights, express trains and ferry services in and out of the capital were cancelled.

The prefectures of Chiba and Shizuoka, on the east and west of Tokyo, were worst hit. Thousands of households were left without power.

Some 27 million people live in Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures.

A 55-year-old man died after falling from the roof of his house and at least two other men were injured in Shizuoka prefecture, west of Tokyo, police said.

More than 3,500 households lost power in Chiba, just east of Tokyo.

Hundreds of families were evacuated as rising water levels flooded homes and trigged seven landslides in the two prefectures.

Flooding concerns

Typhoon Mawar hit Chiba city at around 0430 on Friday (1930 GMT Thursday), the Meteorological Agency said.

The storm was heading north-east at 25km/h (15mph) and was expected to head back out to the Pacific Ocean, becoming a tropical depression early on Saturday, the agency added.

TYPHOON MAWAR
Named after a type of flower
Winds up to 150 km/h (95mph)
Moving at 15 km/h

"Since the typhoon's moving speed is slow, there are concerns that heavy rains and winds might occur in the areas where the typhoon stays," a spokesman for the Japan Meteorological Agency told AFP news agency.

Residents were warned to expect as much as 35cm (14in) of rainfall within 24 hours.

The cancellation of dozens of flights affected some 7,000 passengers on Thursday, airlines said.

Japanese television reports showed fishing boats returning to port as giant waves hit the coastline before the typhoon struck.

Japan is hit by two to three typhoons each year, but as many as 10 - the last of which alone killed 90 people - struck the country in 2004.


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