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10 dead, 3 missing after Typhoon Lionrock batters northern Japan

Stacy Diaz | 01 September, 2016, 12:56

It was reported nine of the dead were at an elderly care home in the town of Iwaizumi, in Iwate prefecture, and an old woman was killed in Kuji City, according to broadcaster NHK. Footage on the national broadcaster NHK showed the building awash with muddy debris, including cars, washed down from the...

Authorities in the northern Tohoku area of Honsho - Japan's largest island - had issued evacuation advisories to around 410,000 people amid fears of landslides and high waves.

On Tuesday, Typhoon approached near Japan's northeast more than 100 flights was cancelled and evacuation warnings were given to 1000 of people, the area destroyed by a massive natural disaster and Tsunami before 5 year.

NHK reported that at the Iwate Prefecture where the nine bodies were found, the Omotogawa river swelled rapidly when typhoon rains hit the area.

The typhoon was packing sustained winds of up to 78 miles an hour and gusts as strong as 112 mph on Tuesday morning as it moved toward the eastern coast of Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Workers fix a flood damaged bridge over the Sorachi river in Minami-furano, the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016.

Typhoon Lionrock, a powerful and erratic tropical cyclone, hit Iwate Prefecture in Japan's northern Tohoku region, particularly the towns of Iwaizumi and Ofunato, where the storm made landfall on Tuesday evening, triggering heavy rainfall, fierce winds and huge swells.

That would make it the first typhoon to directly land in the region from the Pacific Ocean since the country's present weather observation system was introduced in 1951, they said. The Cabinet office warned of the dangers of flooding from rivers bursting their banks, and advised against unnecessary trips outdoors, though there were only limited reports of damage and injuries as the storm made landfall.

Historic heavy rains are expected in the region, with more rain forecast to fall in 24 hours than in a typical month of August, Tsumoru Matsumoto, the Japan Meteorological Agency's chief forecaster, said in a televised press conference.

Rivers in parts of Iwate and the northern island of Hokkaido flooded, inundating residential areas and blocking roads. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.