Typhoon Talas hits Japan

2011-09-03 07:26

Tokyo - Typhoon Talas slammed into western Japan from the Pacific on Saturday bringing heavy rain and fierce winds and leaving at least one person dead and three missing, officials said.

The typhoon, packing gusts of up to 108km/h, made landfall on the Pacific coast of Shikoku island at about 10:00 (01:00 GMT), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

It was slowly moving north and expected to cut across western Japanese regions into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) early on Sunday, the agency said.

The body of a woman believed to be in her thirties was recovered from a swelling river in Tokushima, a major city on Shikoku, a local police spokesperson said by telephone.

The National Police Agency said at least 17 people were injured, six of them seriously.

More than 300 houses were flooded while several landslides were reported, the agency said.

The meteorological agency has issued a warning of floods and landslides to residents in western Japan, where heavy rainfall was already reported.

In the mountains of Nara prefecture, some 400km west of Tokyo, more than 110cm of rain has been recorded since Tuesday.