Flooding and Mudslides Occur when a Typhoon Nanmadol Strikes Japan
By Andreea Dibo, Health & Environment, The Pawprint
One of the biggest storms, Typhoon Nanmadol has striked Japan causing severe mudslides and flooding in recent decades. The Typhoon had injured 90 people and killed 2 people on a Sunday morning on the south island of Kyushu.
Nine million had to evacuate their houses while more than 350,000 homes suffered power outages. Japan is to expect 16 inches (400 mm) of rain over the next 24 hours. The Typhoon brought gusts up to 145 mph (234 km/h) which had destroyed homes as well as affecting business and transportation. It is comparable to a category 4 or 5 hurricane.
Japan’s capital, Tokyo had experienced heavy rain and major flooding causing the underground line to shut down, bullet train services, ferries and hundreds of flights to be canceled. The storm is now going to start heading east moving out to sea by Wednesday.
Although the nation is well-equipped to handle such storms, scientists claim that climate change is increasing the storm’s size and destructiveness.
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