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At least 200,000 Ordered for Evacuation as a "Powerful" Typhoon "Haishen" to Hit Japan in a Week

At least 200,000 Ordered for Evacuation as a Powerful Typhoon "Haishen" to Hit Japan in a Week

The second powerful typhoon to hit Japan in a week unleashed fierce winds and rain on the country's southern islands with more than 200,000 people have been ordered to evacuate areas of Japan threatened by an approaching storm.

Weather officials warned that rainfall from Typhoon Haishen, which could be a record storm, would be as fierce as being blasted with a bucket of water.

Haishen was not only powerful — equivalent to a category two hurricane — but also large in its reach, according to the agency.

Warnings have been issued days in advance for people to be ready to take shelter and stock up on food and water.

It will move past Kyushu on Sunday, and is expected make landfall in South Korea on Monday.

Several rivers on the main south-western island of Kyushu were at risk of overflowing, officials said.

Public broadcaster NHK TV said evacuation warnings were issued for more than 50,000 people in Okinawa and Kyushu, including Kagoshima and Nagasaki districts.

It comes days after Typhoon Maysak, one of the strongest storms to hit the region in years.

The latest typhoon has led to the closure of factories, schools and businesses across western Japan. Hundreds of flights and train services have also been cancelled.

Japan's government will be holding an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday to address the storm.

Haishen's course is similar to Typhoon Maysak that lashed southern Japan last week, injuring dozens of people and cutting power to thousands of homes.

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