2 dead, one missing in Japan typhoon

2014-10-14 13:06
(James Reynolds, AFP)

(James Reynolds, AFP)

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Tokyo - Two men were killed and another remains missing, officials said on Tuesday, after Typhoon Vongfong smashed through Japan leaving the country counting the cost of the latest natural disaster.

The typhoon churned through eastern Japan early on Tuesday after hitting Okinawa over the weekend and making landfall on the nation's southern main island of Kyushu on Monday, the meteorological agency said.

At least 96 people were injured in typhoon-related accidents in 23 prefectures, nearly half of Japan's provinces, public broadcaster NHK said.

The body of a 90-year-old man was found in a farm ditch in Tottori, western Japan, a police spokesperson said.

A 72-year-old man was also found dead in Ehime, western Japan, after his small truck fell into a pond, the local police said.

A Chinese man has been missing in Shizuoka, central Japan, since he was swept away by high waves over the weekend, officials said.

The storm was downgraded to an extra-tropical depression by mid-morning and was moving away from Japan. It was located off the coast of northeastern Japan very early on Tuesday.

Heavy rain hit the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the northeastern Pacific coast, "but we have not received any reports of damage or abnormality", said a Tokyo Electric Power spokesperson..

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