OSAKA, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the powerful typhoon that hit western Japan has reached 27, while 53 remains missing, Kyodo News reported Monday.
Japanese Police, firefighters and the Self-Defense Forces resumed searching for the missing Monday in Nara and Wakayama prefectures that were hardest hit by the season's 12th typhoon and found the body of an 82-year-old man who went missing in the village of Totsukawa in Nara.
The number of victims from Typhoon Talas could grow over a wide area including the Kii Peninsula, south of Osaka, as flooded rivers, damaged roads and mudslides have hampered relief work, Kyodo quoted rescuers as saying.
The damage caused by Talas is the worst since Typhoon Tokage left a total of 98 people dead or missing in October 2004.
On Monday morning, the typhoon moved north along the Sea of Japan, triggering heavy rain in central Japan's Tokai region.
The Japan Meteorological Agency warned that the Kinki region in western Japan and eastern Japan areas could still suffer damage from landslides.