Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has expressed his sympathies to the people and government of Japan facing the ravages of Hurricane Nanmodal.

In a tweet, he said this shows that climate change does not follow a linear pattern and can bring disaster to any country. He said the world needs to wake up to the horrors of its monster.

It merits mention that Nanmadol pounded western Japan with heavy rain and strong winds on Monday, forcing airlines to cancel flights, snarling train operations and leaving more than 300,000 households without power.

Authorities warned of floods and landslides as the 14th typhoon of the season moved toward eastern Japan.

Up to 400 millimeters (15.75 inches) of rain is expected in central Japan’s Tokai region, the nation’s industrial heartland, over the next 24 hours, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said.

“We need to remain highly vigilant for heavy rains, gales, high waves and storm surges," an agency official said at a news conference.

Television footage showed a toppled traffic signal and submerged farmlands.