The South African Ambassador to Japan, Smuts Ngonyama, has urged those travelling to Japan for the Rugby World Cup to exercise caution – as the most powerful storm to hit the country for 60 years approaches.

Typhoon Hagibis has caused already caused flooding in some areas and millions of people have been urged to leave their homes.

One man has died after his car overturned.

Several flights in and around Japan have been cancelled. Ngonyama says Rugby World Cup matches have been cancelled for Saturday- and organisers are yet to decide on Sunday’s matches.

“All those who were supposed to play have been cancelled. Tomorrow’s (Sunday) matches, the Rugby World Cup committee is watching that space so they can give us an accurate decision – maybe tonight (Saturday) or tomorrow morning – whether those matches are to happen tomorrow. The SA team, the Springboks, will know on Monday which team they will be playing in the quarter finals until the match is confirmed tomorrow.”