Typhoon Chan-hom lashes Japan islands; move towards Taiwan and china

Japan,July 10: ChinaTyphoon Chan-hom has lashed Japan's Okinawa island chain as it moved towards Taiwan and onto China, leaving at least 23 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 categorised as a "super typhoon" by some regional weather bureaus moved north-west between the islands of Okinawa and Miyako today morning, with recorded gusts of 234 kilometres per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The typhoon is expected to keep moving northward, bringing rainstorms and waves as high as 12 metres at sea, Japanese public broadcaster said.

At least 23 people were injured and 180 evacuated across the area as trees were uprooted and buildings battered, the Tokyo Broadcasting System said.

The meteorological agency warned that strong winds and high waves would continue to pound the island chain, where 42,000 households have been left without power.

Troops have been deployed to north-eastern areas and fishing boats called back to ports.

Mountain communities were particularly at risk with warnings over landslides, authorities said.

The township of Chien-shih in Hsinchu county was deluged with 150 mm of rainfall overnight and into Friday morning.

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