Japan’s Typhoon Talas: Casualties rises to 17

By on Sep 5, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters, Weather, World Comments

above: Typhoon Talas flooded streets
below: Typhoon Talas aftermath

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Typhoon Talas has reportedly hit the western Japan on Saturday, September 03, 2011 with utmost sustained winds of up to 108 kph (68 miles) which distressed several houses and buildings and claimed lives.

According to the public broadcaster NHK on Sunday, the typhoon has claimed a total of at least 17 lives, 43 people went missing and 98 others were hurt after engorged rivers brushed away buildings and houses were crushed due to landslides.

Streets were flooded and a male victim drowned when water poured inside his car.

As noted by the local government in Nara prefecture, houses were swept away in Totsukawa village due to a pouring river which claimed two lives and seven were missing.

Moreover, enormous landslides pounding wooden houses in mountainous areas were shown on local television.

Meanwhile, Japan Meteorological Agency reported on Sunday morning that typhoon Talas was crossing slowly into the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

However, the agency still issued warnings for more mudslides although the powerful storm is now moving away.

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