Typhoon No. 12 claims 27 lives, 54 missing

09/05/2011
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Flooding destroyed a JR Kisei Line bridge spanning the Nachigawa river in Nachikatsuura, Wakayama Prefecture, over the weekend.

TOKYO (majirox news) — Typhoon No. 12 continued its rampage across central and western Japan over the weekend, leaving at least 27 dead and 54 missing while dumping record rainfalls.

Landslides and flooding in Wakayama and Nara prefectures accounted for the majority of casualties recorded across nine prefectures, but the full extent of damage caused by the typhoon remains unknown.

Kamikitayama, a village in Nara prefecture, suffered a deluge that exceeded 1,800 millimeters (70 inches) of rain from the time it started falling on Aug. 30.

The government established a disaster task force to deal with the effects of the typhoon on Sept. 4.

Self-Defense Forces have been dispatched to Wakayama, Nara and Mie prefectures to aid with handling the damage the typhoon has caused.

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