Typhoon Talas / 台12

Latest from Japan.Ball.com scores (for September 3):

“Hanshin vs Yokohama, postponed, typhoon”

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(Associated Press Photo)  Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture.  Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011.

From the Associated Press:

TOKYO (AP) — Powerful Typhoon Talas left a trail of heavy rainfall and mudslides as it moved northward past Japan on Sunday. At least six people have died and 20 others are missing, local media said.

Evacuation orders and advisories have been issued to 460,000 people in western and central Japan, Kyodo News agency reported.

NHK TV footage showed a bridge that had been swept away after intense rainfall, which caused a river to swell with brown torrents. People holding umbrellas waded through knee-deep water in city streets and residential areas. . . .  (Link to full story).

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From Japan Today article (from September 4):

TOKYO  —  Typhoon Talas cut across western Japan Saturday leaving at least two people dead and five missing after heavy rains and fierce winds, officials and press reports said.

The typhoon, packing gusts of up to 108 kilometers per hour, made landfall on the Pacific coast of Shikoku island at about 10 a.m., the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Moving north at 15 kilometers per hour, it swept across the western part of Honshu at 6 p.m. and is expected to move out to the Sea of Japan early Sunday, the agency said.

The public broadcaster NHK said a woman drowned in Matsuyama, a major city on Shikoku, and a 73-year-old man was crushed by a landslide which hit his house in the mountains of Nara prefecture.

NHK also said five were missing and 59 were injured.

The National Police Agency could not immediately confirm the report. It earlier put the death toll at one with three missing and 17 injured.

Strong winds also forced the cancellations of 420 flights in western Japan regions, NHK said. . . .

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A serious situation.

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