Entries in typhoon (7)


Philippines Typhoon Death Toll Tops 600

Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The death toll from last week’s typhoon that struck the Philippines surged past 600 on Sunday, with nearly 900 others still reported missing.

Fishing companies say they have lost contact with more than 300 fishermen who were at sea when the typhoon struck.

Most of the storm's victims were killed when landslides and floods wiped out entire communities in the typhoon’s path.

Authorities say nearly 400,000 people in the southern regions of the island nation have lost their homes and are in desperate need for shelter, non-perishable food, medicine and water.

United Nations officials in the Philippines say a number of villages are still cut off, a week after the storm struck.

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More Than 650 Dead, 800 Missing in Southern Philippines Flooding

Bradley Ambrose/Getty Images(MANILA, Philippines) -- More than 650 people are dead and nearly 800 are missing after flash floods triggered by a tropical storm battered the southern Philippines over the weekend.

BBC News reports that the floods coincided with Tropical Storm Washi and high tides to produce catastrophic conditions overnight Saturday.

Soldiers and volunteers searched on Sunday for the nearly 800 missing people on the southern island of Mindanao.

The major ports of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were some of the hardest hit areas by the typhoon that came ashore Friday night.

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Second Typhoon in a Week Hits Northern Philippines

Bradley Ambrose/Getty Images(MANILA, Philippines) -- The second typhoon in a week battered and drenched the rain-soaked northern Philippines on Saturday, adding to the misery of thousands of people, some of whom were still perched on roof-tops from previous flooding.

Nearly 400,000 people across the affected provinces hunkered down in evacuation centers or stayed with relatives and friends to escape the new typhoon's path. The howling winds have toppled scores of trees.

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Deadly Typhoon Roke Heads Toward Earthquake-Stricken Japan (file photo)(TOKYO) -- At least four people are dead in Japan as yet another powerful typhoon tears through the country, readying to batter the same coast that was hit earlier this year by an earthquake and tsunami.

Roke -- the fifteenth typhoon of the 2011 Pacific season -- made landfall in central Japan Wednesday afternoon and is on path to hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was crippled in March by the twin disasters.  TEPCO, the operator of the plant, said it suspended work to cover one of the reactors as a precaution.

More than a million people in Nagoya have been forced to evacuate as heavy rainfall there threatens to trigger more landslides and flooding.  Toyota, which is headquartered in the city, also announced it's suspending operations at plants in the region as a precaution.

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Another Typhoon Threatens Japan

Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Days after the worst storm in seven years tore through central Japan, another typhoon -- the 13th this year -- is moving in on the northern coast.

The northernmost island of Hokkaido is expected to get record rainfall over the next 24 hours, though the Japan Meteorological Agency says it will be seeing the worst of it Tuesday afternoon.  Just south of Hokkaido -- in the tsunami zone -- all the rain has increased the threat of landslides.

Meanwhile, search and rescue crews dispatched helicopters on Tuesday to towns cut off by Typhoon Talas in central Japan.  In scenes reminiscent of the aftermath of the March 11 disasters, Japanese troops are handing out water and dropping off supplies, while others evacuate the elderly in need of medical help.  Several towns remain cut off by bridges that washed away.

The death toll has climbed to more than three dozen, while 55 remain missing.  More than 3,000 people remain in evacuation centers.

Japan's NHK says that in towns that were hardest hit, evacuation orders never went out to residents, which explains why a majority of those who were killed died in their homes when landslides crushed them.

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Typhoon Talas Forecast for Weekend Landfall on Western Japan

Students leave school early for protection from the approaching Typhoon on September 2, 2011 in Himeji, Japan. Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Talas, the 12th typhoon of the 2011 Pacific season, is expected to make landfall in Japan this weekend, bringing with it heavy rains and strong winds -- as much as 110 miles per hour.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the storm could hit the Western part of the country by early Saturday.

Talas is currently about 90 miles south of Cape Muroto on Shikoku Island, Japan's Kyodo News reports. The meteorological agency says the storm is moving slowly, which could mean heavy downpours for a wide area of the country -- including the coastline that was devastated by the March earthquake and tsunami.

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Typhoon Kills at Least Eight People in the Philippines

NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images(MANILA, Philippines) -- At least eight people were killed, as Typhoon Nanmadol hit parts of the Philippines over the weekend.

Among those killed, were two children, who were fatally injured Saturday when a garbage tip wall reportedly collapsed in the city of Baguio, according to a report by BBC News.

The weather system, which is also known as Typhoon Mina locally, has affected over 29,500 people in various parts of the Philippines, officials say. Several homes were reportedly damaged and government officials say 44 evacuation centers were set up in affected areas, with over 7,900 people checking into those centers. Affected individuals are also being assisted in the form of relief goods released by the Philippines government.

Forecasters say Typhoon Nanmadol is expected to hit the eastern part of Taiwan on Monday.

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