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Typhoon Faxai kills 1 in Tokyo

Typhoon Faxai kills 1 in Tokyo

Tokyo: At least one person was killed and 40 others were injured here after the powerful typhoon Faxai hit Japan on Monday, while also affecting hundreds of thousands of rush-hour commuters.

The police said that the victim was woman in her 50s in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward. A security camera captured her being blown off her feet and into a wall which killed her on the spot, reports Kyoto news agency.

East Japan Railway Co. suspended all lines in the greater Tokyo area as Faxai made landfall near the city of Chiba shortly before 5 a.m. as one of the strongest typhoons.

JR East, as East Japan Railway Co. is known, resumed some services later in the morning with major stations swamped by commuters.

The typhoon also caused a tall fence surrounding a golf driving range to collapse and land on residences in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture, leaving a woman in her 20s with serious injuries.

Winds of up to 209 kph were reported at Kozu Island on the Izu islet chain, 207 kph at Chiba, and 207 kph at Tokyo's Haneda airport, all breaking records, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

As of 11 a.m., the season's 15th typhoon passed through the region and was travelling northeast at 30 kph some 60 km southeast of the city of Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, Kyodo News Agency quoted the JMA as saying.

Many flights departing from and arriving at Haneda airport were cancelled since Sunday evening.

In Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, some 920,000 households experienced temporary power cuts, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.

The power outage forced a Sony Corporation unit to suspend operations of a plant in Kisarazu where it produces the PlayStation 4.

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