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Powerful typhoon hits Japan, leaving 14 dead

English.news.cn   2013-10-16 13:57:30            
 • A powerful typhoon hit central and northeast part of Japan, leaving at least 14 people dead.
 • The storm also suspended local transportation.
 • The typhoon is expected to be downgraded to an extratropical cyclone on Wednesday afternoon.

 

TOKYO, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- A powerful typhoon hit central and northeast part of Japan with gales and heavy rain, leaving at least 14 people dead and several missing, according to local reports.

On Izu Oshima island, located about 120 km south of Tokyo, 13 people were confirmed dead as around 30 houses were completely destroyed by mudslides triggered by the storm.

Record rainfall of 122.5 mm per hour was registered on the island and the Metropolitan Police Department plans to dispatch a special rescue team to the island, said Japan's Kyodo News, adding Tokyo Fire Department's hyper rescue team is being mobilized.

In Tokyo's Machida, a woman died after being swept away by a swollen river, said the report.

Many other people remain unaccounted for in the Kanto region centering Japan's capital city of Tokyo, including two boys that were reportedly carried away by high waves in Ninomiya, Kanagawa prefecture, Kyodo quoted the National Police Agency as saying.

The storm also suspended local transportation as several bullet train services on the Tohoku, Yamagata, Joetsu, Nagano and Tokaido Shinkansen lines were canceled, while 193 domestic flights of Japan Airlines Co. and 211 domestic and international flights of All Nippon Airways Co. scrapped.

The Japanese government has set up a liaison office at the prime minister's office to gather typhoon-related information.

As of 11 a.m., Wipha, the 26th typhoon of the year, was moving north-northeast at a speed of around 75 kilometers per hour some 150 km east-southeast of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The typhoon is expected to be downgraded to an extratropical cyclone on Wednesday afternoon in the Pacific Ocean east of the Tohoku region, said the JMA.

 

 

Editor: Chen Zhi
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