A powerful typhoon Roke swept through north after pouring heavy rains on Japan's tsunami-devastated coastline, causing at least 16 people already dead or missing and more than a million people evacuated.
Typhoon Roke made landfall near Hamamatsu, 125 miles west of Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon, tracking across the main island of Honshu, and is on course to hit Fukushima prefecture, where work is continuing to bring a crippled nuclear plant under control after an earthquake and tsunami in March. There have been concerns that heavy rain from Typhoon Roke could cause radioactive water to overflow and pour out into the sea. Japan’s Meteorological Agency has urged “the highest level of caution be used because of the heavy rain, strong wind, and high waves.”
More than a million people have been warned to evacuate their homes while there are a lot of warnings were later downgraded but some 330,000 people remained at risk. Moreover, the storm has cut power to more than 575,500 households and forced companies including Toyota Motor Corp, Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to shut down some plants. It is the second time in less than a month that Japan has been hit by a storm. Typhoon Talas headed toward central and western Japan recently, killing around 100 people.
Typhoon Roke, a powerful typhoon headed toward Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast Wednesday…
…with high waves beat a breakwater at Komatsu beach near the city of Tokushima, western Japan
The powerful typhoon caused at least 16 people already dead or missing …
…and more than a million people evacuated
The scene of evacuees resting at an evacuation center in Nagoya, after the area was flooded due to typhoon Roke approached, central Japan
A woman with her child made the way at a flooded area in Ishinomaki from Kyodo on September 22, 2011
Japan Ground Self-Defence Force soldiers were in the mission of rescuing residents at a village which is flooded due to typhoon Roke in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture, on September 22, 2011
Policemen were examined a damaged vehicle after a large tree fell due to strong winds caused by Typhoon Roke in Shizuoka, central Japan
Typhoon Roke Hits Japan in Pictures