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Typhoon Songda lashes east coast of Japan

05-30-2011 13:40 BJT

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Just as Japan is recovering from the earthquake and tsunami, it now is being hit by typhoon Songda, which is continuing to move along the east coast of Japan, causing travel disruption and hazardous conditions for commuters.

More weather woes for Japan.

Songda is the country's second typhoon this year.

Strong winds and heavy rain in Tokyo have disrupted flights at Haneda Airport.

The Fukushima region has also been lashed. And there is still more to come.

This has prompted worries that runoff water may wash away radioactive materials from the land into the Pacific Ocean. But the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant is not expected to be affected.

Following Songda's landing two days ago in southern Japan, at least 58 people have been injured and 14,000 households have been left without power.

The typhoon is now due to move along the east coast.

Warnings of landslides and flooding were issued in Kagoshima Prefecture early on Sunday, and some roads were closed.

By its eye remaining over the ocean, its warm water source has been maintained which feeds the storm.This has led to exceptionally heavy rain as well as very high seas. But the typhoon is soon expected to weaken to a tropical storm.

Typhoon Songda brushed the Philippines at the weekend before heading for southern Japan [AFP]


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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