Japan hit by typhoons and quakes

Japan has been left counting the cost of a combination of natural catastrophes that struck from land and sky.On Tuesday 7 September, Typhoon Songda made landfall over the southernmost of the main islands, Kyushu. The typhoon, which had been downgraded from a category four to a category three in strength, was the third to hit Japan in just three weeks. Its predecessor, Typhoon Chaba, left a widespread trail of destruction, with 13 people dead in its wake.Before it hit Kyushu, Songda had alrea