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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Japan : Tropical storm kills 49, many await rescue

Article via NHK News :

" Tropical storm Talas has left 49 people dead and 55 missing, mainly in western Japan.

The large and slow-moving storm dumped record amounts of rain across central and western Japan over the weekend.

As of Tuesday evening, at least 2,400 people are stranded in 32 communities in the 3 prefectures of Wakayama, Nara and Mie. The Self-Defense Forces have been mobilized to rescue thousands of people stranded in the worst-hit areas.

In the 3 prefectures, more than 24,000 households have been left without power.

The storm has also destroyed at least 93 houses in 8 prefectures.

The tropical storm has moved off to the Sea of Japan where it has been downgraded to a low-pressure system."

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