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Strong typhoon crosses southwest Japan; 11 injured

Last Updated Aug 15, 2019 at 12:06 pm PDT

In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, photo, high waves hit a fishing port in Kochi, southwestern Japan as a powerful typhoon Krosa approaches southern and western Japan. (Suo Takekuma/Kyodo News via AP)

TOKYO — A powerful typhoon is lashing southwestern Japan with massive rain and strong winds, injuring at least 11 people and paralyzing traffic during Japan’s Buddhist holiday week.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Krosa landed near Kure in western Hiroshima on Thursday afternoon, after injuring five people overnight. A total of 11 injuries have been reported since the slow-moving typhoon last week reached the region still recovering from last year’s deadly flooding.

More than 7,000 people have moved to shelters in 21 prefectures in the western half of the Japanese archipelago. Bullet trains connecting Osaka and Kokura were suspended Thursday, and hundreds of domestic flights were grounded, holding up holidaymakers.

The agency predicts a total accumulated rainfall of up to 1.2 metres (4 feet) across Japan.