“Almost typhoon” Talas kills 38; 54 missing in Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN (BDDi) – The death toll from tropical storm Talas, which has swept through western Japan has risen to 38, local authorities said Tuesday.
Another 54 people are missing according to a tally from a variety of police. The storm unleashed record rainfall that triggered massive flooding.
Wakayama which is one of three prefectures on the mountainous Kii Peninsula has suffered the most with 25 deaths and 34 missing.
More than 16,000 residents were ordered to evacuate from the Kia Peninsula area and roughly 30,000 other residents were ordered to evacuate voluntarily.
The Japanese government set up an emergency task force for search-and-rescue operations and to begin reconstruction of damaged communities.
By: Natania Levine
Photo: NY Times
06 September 2011
Time: 07:57p.m. P.D.T.