September 6, 2011 by staff
The rains accompanying Typhoon Talas caused rivers to swell and caused flooding and landslides. The storm wiped out roads and downed telephone and power lines, leaving more than 4,000 people isolated.
The storm killed at least 37 people and left 54?? Missing. Among the victims are the wife and daughter of the mayor of Nachikatsuura, who were swept away when they went to inspect a flooded river near his home.
“I have to think about how to help people supply the city with this disaster,” said Mayor Shinichi Nachikatsuura Teramoto. “Only after that I can think of my family. I hope I can find my wife before sending my family with my daughter.”
The storm is the worst hit Japan from Typhoon Tokage left 98 people dead or missing in 2004. The country is still struggling to recover from the earthquake and tsunami that left more than 20,000 people dead or missing in March.
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