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Typhoon Halong claims 10 lives in Japan

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At least 10 people have been killed and dozens of others injured as a powerful typhoon slammed into western and northern Japan.

Typhoon Halong hurtled across the Japanese archipelago over the weekend, with heavy rain still lashing the country’s north.

The public broadcaster, NHK, reported that a total of 96 people have suffered injuries as a result of the heavy storm.

Among the victims, the body of an Iranian man was found in Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of the capital Tokyo, while two Japanese women died in the country’s west.

The coastguard on Monday resumed searching for a man, who went missing apparently while surfing during the storm, off Wakayama in western Japan.

“Police and the coastguard dispatched one rescue boat and two helicopters but we have not found any sign of him,” an unnamed police official said.

More than 700 flights were called off during the weekend due to the typhoon. Violent winds also destroyed more than 460 buildings in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, on Sunday, injuring at least two people.

Over half a million residents were ordered to evacuate their homes late on Saturday in Japan’s western regions, where mudslides and flooded rivers were reported. Another 600,000 people were advised to evacuate across the country.

Typhoon Halong moved over the Sea of Japan on Monday and lurched towards Russia’s far-east coast.

In July, Typhoon Neoguri killed several people and left a trail of destruction in southern Japan.


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