Typhoon Nanmadol rips through Kyushu in southwestern Japan

Japanese weather officials continue to urge people in Japan's southern region of Kyushu to be on maximum alert as large and powerful Typhoon Nanmadol is moving north over the region. Authorities have issued an emergency warning in southern prefectures. They say there is an increasing risk of large-scale disasters not seen in decades.

NHK has learned that at least 33 people had been injured as of 1 a.m. on Monday.

The typhoon made landfall in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima on Sunday night. The Meteorological Agency has issued an emergency heavy rain warning in Miyazaki Prefecture. It also issued emergency warnings for violent winds, high waves and storm surges in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Agency officials have confirmed bands of heavy rain clouds in Kumamoto and Miyazaki prefectures, which cause torrential rain to fall in the same place for several hours.

Officials say the typhoon was traveling north at 20 kilometers per hour as of 2 a.m. on Monday, after reaching Kagoshima.

Nanmadol is expected to change its course eastward after passing through Kyushu on Monday morning. The typhoon is then likely to move northeast near the main island of Honshu through Tuesday.

Developed rain clouds in and around the typhoon will continue to cover wide areas of the country. Heavy rain is forecast through Monday in western and eastern Japan, especially along the Pacific coast.

Bands of heavy rain clouds could develop through Monday over the Kyushu, Shikoku, Chugoku and Kinki regions, raising the risk of rain-triggered disasters.

Rainfall in the 24-hour period through Monday evening is expected to be up to 500 millimeters in Shikoku and up to 300 millimeters in northern Kyushu, Kinki and Tokai. Chugoku could get as much as 250 millimeters, and southern Kyushu and Kanto-Koshin up to 200 millimeters.

Weather officials are urging residents to take extra care in case of landslides, flooding in low-lying areas and swollen rivers. They also call on people to seek shelter before the situation worsens.