Japan is on high alert as the country prepares itself to withstand two major tropical typhoons currently gathering strength in the West Pacific basin. Several parts of Japan are already facing heavy rain and landslides but the country is bracing itself for worse as the typhoons Mindulle and Kompasu are about to make landfall.
The city of Kitami, in northern Japan, is experiencing heavy flood. Authorities have evacuated at least 3000 residents, according to a local newspaper report. Other cities, Akabira and Kamikawa, are witnessing an alarming situation. While the former has already recorded 175mm of rain over the past 24 hours, the latter recorded 146.5mm of rain.
Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said that typhoon Kompasu is expected to hit northern Hokkaido island on Sunday evening with wind speed of 126 kmh.
Authorities have already issued flood and landslide alert around Hokkaido.
Typhoon Mindulle, on the other hand, is expected to make a landfall on Monday morning. The storm is heading towards north towards Honshu island and is expected to strike near Tokyo, the agency said.
Another storm called Lionrock is developing in the Pacific south of the island of Shikoku. According to the Meteorological Agency, the typhoon poses less danger for Japan.