Monday, September 5, 2011

Typhoon hits Japan

Typhoon Talas leaves fatalities and destruction in Japan

"Rescuers and search parties were scouring central Japan on Monday as the death toll from the worst typhoon to hit the country in seven years climbed to 26.
Typhoon Talas, which was later downgraded to a tropical storm, lashed coastal areas at the weekend before moving offshore into the Sea of Japan. Fifty two people were missing and thousands were stranded as the typhoon washed out bridges, railways and roads.
The scenes of destruction were an unwelcome reminder of Japan's vulnerability to natural disasters as the country attempts to recover from the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.
The prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, who was sworn in a day before the storm, said the government would provide assistance as quickly as it could.
His predecessor, Naoto Kan, was forced out of office chiefly because of public anger over the government's response to the tsunami, which left nearly 21,000 people dead or missing and sparked the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
"We will do everything we can to rescue people and search for the missing," Noda said.
The typhoon was believed to be the worst to hit Japan since 2004, when 98 people were killed or reported missing. Talas caused most damage on the Kii peninsula in central Japan, south-west of Tokyo. (...)"


Slivrax said...

Wow, this is the first I've heard of this, I'll keep an eye on this site for more updates, thanks!

September 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Hento the loony repairman :D said...

wait, you meanr right now? sept 5 2011, O_o... isnt japan just coming out of the last disaster O.o?

September 6, 2011 at 10:19 AM

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