Typhoon Talas Japan
September 5, 2011 by staff
Typhoon Talas Japan, Talas typhoon has killed 29 people in western Japan, and that sparked record rains that caused landslides and flooding. The typhoon, which now became a tropical storm, was the worst to hit the country in seven years. Up to 56 people are missing as the typhoon caused widespread damage.
The typhoon hit the coastal areas, with destructive winds and record rainfall this weekend before moving offshore in the Sea of?? Japan (East Sea), according to the Associated Press.
The Japan Meteorological Agency briefly classified the storm as a hurricane before landfall. However, the Typhoon Warning Center Joint is the storm-making landfall in Japan as a tropical storm, according to CNN.
According to Japan Meteorological Agency, Talas record brought rain in three prefectures in three days. The Japanese government created a task force for emergency search and rescue operations and to start rebuilding damaged communities.
Only in Wakayama Prefecture, eight people died and 32 remain missing since Sunday, police in the prefecture, Kyodo said.
Evacuation orders were issued notices of 460,000 people as typhoon hit the region, according to the BBC. Japan Meteorological Agency warned that heavy rains and strong winds continuing.
Japanese rescue teams have resumed the search for thousands stranded. The government has established a working group for emergency search and rescue operations, and to start rebuilding damaged communities.
Over the weekend, authorities evacuated nearly one million people in the region as the winds hit up to 68 miles per hour on Sunday. News reports from the BBC that people have been cut with the bad weather in the mountains so it is impossible to reach them by helicopter.
Talas are the most destructive typhoon to strike Japan since 2004, when 98 people were killed or disappeared left.
The typhoon has had disastrous consequences for Japan, a country still recovering from the earthquake and tsunami that caused devastation in March, and entire villages have been flooded and destroyed bridges and houses.
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