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Monday, 5th September 2011
In General Japan News,

Typhoon causes devastation

Japan suffered more devastating effects from a natural disaster after a typhoon swept through its west and central locations killing 26 people.

The cyclone, which has been named Talas, has also left 50 people missing amid flooding, ruined homes and threatening landslides.

Winds were recorded at speeds of almost 70 kilometres per hour, causing nearly a half a million people to be evacuated from their homes.

The prefecture which was hardest hit was Wakayama where a local official, Seiji Yamamoto, revealed 17 people were killed and a further 28 were missing.

He said: "There are so many roads out that it is hard to count them all. Hundreds of homes have been flooded."

Meanwhile, the country's new prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, vowed to make all necessary steps to curb any more heartache for his nation.

"We will do everything we can to rescue people and search for the missing," he said.

The severity of the cyclone was downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday (September 4th).

Posted by Susan Ballion  

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