16 September 2013, 06:15

Japan orders evacuation of 300,000 due to typhoon Man-yi

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Over 300,000 people were issued evacuation warnings by the Japanese Government on Monday as typhoon Man-yi hit the main island of Honshu.

Evacuation warnings had been sent to residents of the prefectures of Shiga, Kyoto and Hyogo due to threats from flooding and rivers possibly bursting their banks, following huge rain squalls and high winds.

Japan's NHK television reports that the typhoon is moving in the northeastern direction at a speed of about 30 kilometers per hour (18.6 mph).

Workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were put on alert due to the approaching typhoon to make sure that contaminated water does not overflow in the heavy rain, NHK added.

In March 2011, Japan was hit by a massive magnitude-9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, claiming more than 15,000 lives and causing a number of explosions at the Fukushima plant.

In what has been dubbed the world's worst nuclear disaster after Chernobyl, three of the plant's reactors underwent a partial meltdown as radiation leaked into the atmosphere, soil and seawater.

Voice of Russia, RIA

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