Japan prepares for heavy hurricane

Residents of Japan are bracing for Hurricane Haishen. The hurricane is coming ashore. More than 800,000 people in the south of the country have to leave their homes.

Floods, waves of up to 10 metres high and gusts of wind of 252 kilometres per hour are warned. A record amount of rain is also expected.

On the Japanese island of Kikai a lot of the storm is already noticeable.

Tens of thousands of houses are already without electricity. Hundreds of flights have also been cancelled and train traffic has been shut down.

Japan was also hit by a heavy hurricane last year. Dozens of people lost their lives.

The prime minister of the country is afraid that this hurricane is just as heavy. That’s why he ordered the army to take people away with helicopters. Soldiers are also ready for rescue operations.