TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

17 dead, 50 missing as typhoon hits Japan

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 8:45 p.m.
 

TOKYO — A typhoon caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes on a Japanese island on Wednesday before sweeping up the Pacific coast, grounding hundreds of flights and disrupting Tokyo's transportation during the morning rush. At least 17 deaths were reported, and nearly 50 people were missing.

Hardest hit from Typhoon Wipha was Izu Oshima island, which is about 75 miles south of Tokyo. Rescuers found 16 bodies, most of them buried by mudslides, police and town officials said. Dozens of homes were destroyed, and about 45 people were missing.

A woman from Tokyo died after falling into a river and being washed six miles downriver to Yokohama, police said. Two sixth-grade boys and another person were missing on Japan's main island, Honshu, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.

More than 350 homes were damaged or destroyed, including 283 on Izu Oshima, it said.

The typhoon, which stayed offshore in the Pacific, had sustained winds of 78 miles per hour, with gusts up to 110 mph, before it was downgraded to a tropical storm on Wednesday evening. The storm was moving northeast, off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

More than 30 inches of rain fell on Izu Oshima during a 24-hour period ending Wednesday morning, the most since record-keeping began in 1991.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Fake Pakistani IDs card found to be ally for terrorists
  2. China plans display of might with parade
  3. Hungary stands firm, keeps migrants from trains
  4. Temple in ancient Syrian city of Palmyra bombed by ISIS terrorists
  5. Officer killed in Ukraine clash with nationalist protesters
  6. Afghan president calls for ‘holy war’ against corruption
  7. ‘Super giant’ natural gas field found off Egypt in Mediterranean Sea
  8. European Union struggles for answers as migrant influx raises tensions
  9. Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve ‘sin of abortion’
  10. Japan law to implement mandate for hiring of women
  11. Al-Jazeera English journalists head to prison in Egypt