9.5 million people in western Japan ordered to evacuate

More than 9 million people in western Japan have been ordered to evacuate due to Typhoon Nanmadol.

Local government officials provided NHK and other media outlets with details on the orders they had issued as of 8 a.m. on Monday.

A level 5 alert, the highest on Japan's disaster warning scale, was issued for about 530,000 people in more than 250,000 households in Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Oita, Kumamoto and Yamaguchi prefectures.

The alert covers about 205,000 people living in four cities in Kagoshima Prefecture; more than 183,000 people in four cities, 10 towns and two villages in Miyazaki Prefecture; and nearly 123,000 people in three cities in Oita Prefecture. It also includes one village in Kumamoto Prefecture and one city in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

A total of about 9 million people in more than 4.2 million households affected by a level 4 alert were ordered to evacuate parts of the Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku regions.