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Typhoon hits Japan: 10 die, dozens hurt

SWAMPED: Stranded cars are seen in floodwater caused by Typhoon Halong in Kochi, western Japan, on Sunday. The authorities also warned of landslides.


    Aug 12, 2014

    Typhoon hits Japan: 10 die, dozens hurt


    AS MANY as 10 people died and dozens were injured when Typhoon Halong slammed into Japan over the weekend, reports said yesterday, with heavy rain still lashing the country's north.

    The storm was moving over the Sea of Japan yesterday morning, after making landfall on the largest and most populous island of Honshu over the weekend, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

    The outer bands of the storm were continuing to lash northern Japan with heavy rain as officials warned of landslides, floods and possible tornadoes in the area.

    The agency downgraded the typhoon to a tropical storm in the morning as it headed towards the far eastern coast of Russia.

    The storm, as well as heavy rain last week, killed two people and injured 86 across the country, public broadcaster NHK reported.

    But the leading Nikkei newspaper said as many as 10 deaths were linked to the storm.

    Among the victims were an Iranian man whose body was found in Ibaraki, north-east of Tokyo, and two Japanese women in Sakai and Takamatsu, in the country's west, the Nikkei said.

    The National Police Agency declined to confirm the number of deaths from the storm, saying it had yet to compile a nationwide total.

    The coastguard yesterday resumed searching for a man who went missing during the storm, apparently while surfing off Wakayama in western Japan.

    "Police and the coastguard dispatched a rescue boat and two helicopters but we have not found any sign of him," a police spokesman said.

    The weather agency had issued its highest warning on Saturday - meaning a threat to life and the risk of massive damage - for Mie prefecture, 300km west of Tokyo.

    The warning, which was lifted on Sunday afternoon, said there could be "unprecedented" torrential rain that might trigger massive landslides and floods.

    The local authorities in western Japan issued evacuation advisories to more than 1.6 million people in total, NHK said.

    Airline services largely returned to normal, with just a handful of flights cancelled yesterday after more than 700 flights were called off during the weekend.

    Last month, typhoon Neoguri killed several people and left a trail of destruction in southern Japan.