Entries in Typhoon Talas (3)


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 Hammers Japan Leaving Half a Million People Displaced

Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- A powerful typhoon has killed more than 30 people and left dozens more missing in Japan, bringing further devastation to a country still reeling from a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami six months ago.

Typhoon Talas -- the 12th of the season -- brought punishing winds and heavy rainfall, triggering landslides and flooding across central Japan, southwest of Tokyo. In Nara Prefecture, a record 26 inches of rain fell in one day, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. More than 450,000 people were evacuated over the weekend, while tens of thousands remained without power Monday night. In the worst hit area of Wakayama Prefecture, 22 people were confirmed dead, while two dozen others were missing.

Search and rescue crews combed through muddy debris and swollen rivers looking for survivors, a scene reminiscent of the aftermath of the March 11 disasters. Levees were breached, and bridges washed away, cutting access to small towns, and stranding elderly residents.

New Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda -- sworn in just one day before the typhoon hit -- vowed to help devastated towns rebuild.

“We will do everything we can to rescue people and search for the missing,” Noda said.

The center of Typhoon Talas touched down on the southern island of Shikoku and the central part of the main island of Honshu Saturday night, before making its way towards the Sea of Japan, off the country’s west coast. The storm was the worst since 2004, when 98 people were killed or reported missing.

The death toll is expected to climb as rescue crews continue their search in the days ahead, further straining relief efforts, in a country that has already experienced its worst natural disaster in history.

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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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