Japan orders 1.6 million to flee Typhoon Halong

Stranded cars are seen in floodwater caused by Typhoon Halong in Kochi, western Japan in this photo...

Stranded cars are seen in floodwater caused by Typhoon Halong in Kochi, western Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo August 10, 2014. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo

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, Last Updated: 1:02 AM ET

TOKYO  - Typhoon Halong killed one person in Japan on Sunday and injured 33, media said, as authorities ordered 1.6 million people out of the path of the storm that battered the west of the country with heavy rain and wind.

Authorities issued the highest typhoon alert and landslide warnings as the storm dumped a metre (39 inches) of rain in an hour, and caused widespread disruption to travel at the beginning of the summer holiday season.

One man was washed away in an overflowing river in Gifu prefecture and died later in hospital, while a surfer was missing off the coast of Wakayama prefecture, the NHK national broadcaster said, adding that 33 people had been injured.


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