Japan typhoon claims six lives
Pedestrians make their way through winds and rains from typhoon Roke in Tokyo, Wednesday, September 21.
A powerful typhoon has struck Japan, killing at least six people, as more than one million others were advised to leave their homes for fear of heavy flooding.
The deaths were reported in western and central Japan while at least six others, including a nine-year-old boy and an 84-year-old man, were missing, Xinhua said.
The typhoon passed through the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant but did not cause any damage to the facility, near which a 5.3-magnitude earthquake occurred immediately after the storm.
"We have not received any reports of abnormality or trouble following the typhoon and the latest quake," said Hajime Motojuku, a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the plant on the northeast coast.
More than 450 domestic flights were cancelled, ferry and rail services were suspended and roads closed as the country prepared for the full impact of the storm.
Nearly 200 people received injuries and some 260,000 households in central Japan were left in darkness, Japan's NHK reported.