People walk on the street under heavy rain and winds caused by Typhoon Chan-hom in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, on July 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO/JIJI PRESS
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Typhoon Chan-hom lashed Japan's Okinawa island chain Friday as it pushed towards Taiwan and onto China, leaving more than 20 people injured.The powerful typhoon -- categorized as a "super typhoon" by some regional weather bureaus -- was moving northwest of Miyako island of the Okinawan island chain Friday afternoon, with recorded gusts of 234 kilometers (145 miles) per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.The typhoon is expected to keep moving northward, bringing rainstorms and waves as high as 12 meters (40 feet) at sea, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.The storm left five dead in the Philippines, including three children, as it swept through from Tuesday with flooding almost a meter (three feet) deep in the northern island of Luzon and 1,500 people displaced.Chan-hom began to bear down on Taiwan Friday, where the weather bureau categorised it as a "severe typhoon".
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