Typhoon Lashes Japan's East Coast, 5 Dead

Typhoon Danas hit land near Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture on Tuesday morning and went on to drench and buffet central Tokyo and its vicinity, leaving five dead across Japan in its wake, police and the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Three people are missing and 21 people were injured across the country due to the storm. Air, rail and road traffic suffered severe disruptions.

Danas landed near Kamakura at about 9:30 a.m. and blasted the capital about half an hour later. It is expected to move up Japan's Pacific coast toward the northeast, for which the agency issued heavy rain and strong wind warnings.

A couple in their 60s was found dead Tuesday in their hut in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, after a landslide caused by Danas buried it Monday.

Three people in neighboring Gunma Prefecture also died Monday. Two highway maintenance workers were killed in Tomioka when a landslide buried them as they were inspecting a roadside slope. In Takasaki, a 50-year-old man who was repairing a TV antenna fell off a roof and died, local police said.

The season's 15th typhoon forced cancellations of more than 140 domestic and international flights, affecting over 20,000 passengers. All bullet train services on the Nagano Shinkansen Line were suspended. Services between Fukushima and Shinjo on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line were suspended for Tuesday.

A total of 400 JR train services ranging from bullet trains to local trains were canceled, affecting 220,000 passengers, East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) said.

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