As Japan is bracing for a severe tropical storm, hundreds of flights cancelled and large areas have been evacuated.
Storm Krosa is expected to make landfall Thursday afternoon on the southern island of Shikoku. More than 400,000 people have been evacuated from the region while many trains were halted and highways closed, a BBC report said.
Almost 700 flights have been cancelled, affecting travel during the summer holiday season. Krosa is classified as a tropical storm, one notch below the typhoon category.
Heavy rains had already left a group of 18 people stranded at the banks of a swelling river.