Typhoon nears Japan, 1.3 m. told to evacuate

By REUTERS
September 20, 2011 15:38

 
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TOKYO - More than 1.3 million people were advised to evacuate on Tuesday as typhoon Roke approached Japan, threatening the industrial city of Nagoya with heavy rain and landslides.

In Nagoya in central Japan's Aichi prefecture, some 1.1 million people were urged to evacuate, while other cities in western Japan also issued evacuation advisories on a smaller scale, public broadcaster NHK said.

No major disruptions to plant operations were reported.

The eye of the typhoon was 210 km east-southeast of the southern island of Tanegashima, moving east-northeast at 20 km per hour as of 5 p.m., the Meteorological Agency said.

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