(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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