Japan – Thousands Evacuate, 1 Dead After Typhoon Nanmadol Dumps Torrential Rain

Typhoon Nanmadol moved across Japan’s southwestern region of Kyushu from 18 September 2022. Torrential rainfall triggered flooding and mudslides.

Floods and landslides after Typhoon Nanmadol, Japan, September 2022. Photo Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF)

Nanmadol made landfall over southern Kyushu Island early on 18 September with maximum sustained winds of 176 km/h. Authorities issued evacuation orders for millions of people in the Kyushu, Chugoku and Shikoku regions. Around 250,000 households were left without electricity.

According to Japanese public broadcaster NHK, one person died in a car that was submerged in flood water in Miyazaki Prefecture. One person is missing after a mudslide destroyed a house in Mimata, Miyazaki.

Nanmadol brought torrential rainfall. Ebino in Miyazaki recorded 726.0 mm in 24 hours to 19 September 2022. On 18 September at least 6 locations in Miyazaki recorded more than 500 mm.