Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

17 unaccounted for in typhoon-hit northern Japan
by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 1, 2016

17 people were unaccounted for in Japan Thursday after Typhoon Lionrock tore through the north of the country, leaving 11 people dead and some 1,600 cut off in isolated communities, officials said.

Ten died in the town of Iwaizumi after it was hit by surging river water and mud, with nine of them perishing in a care home for the elderly.

The typhoon, which packed wind gusts of over 160 kilometres (100 miles) an hour landed on Japan's northern Pacific coast on Tuesday evening.

It tore through the region, dumping torrential rain over a wide area, stranding communities, with roads and bridges destroyed or blocked, authorities said.

"We have 17 people who cannot be reached nor their safety confirmed," town official Yasuyuki Ishiguro told AFP, adding the number includes those who have been reported as missing, though he did not provide a breakdown.

"We believe many of the 17 are in communities isolated after roads and communications were cut off," he added.

"A wide area of the town remains inundated with mud and rubble." he said.

Nine of the town's 10 dead were found on Wednesday morning buried inside a building of the elderly care facility after water, mud, trees and rubble gushed into it.

Another body was discovered not far from the care home, while another person died in the city of Kuji.

Iwaizumi, with a population of about 10,000, failed to issue an evacuation advisory near the care home, according to the Iwate prefectural government.

The elderly care facility had also failed to draw up an evacuation plan in the case of flooding, the mass-circulation Asahi Shimbun newspaper said.

Lionrock also caused devastation on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan's four main islands, flooding vast areas on the heavily agricultural region, leaving at least three people missing, according to the government.

The magnitude of the damage that washed away houses and overturned vehicles rekindled scenes from the aftermath of the March 2011 monster tsunami that devastated the Pacific coast.

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
Tropical Storm Hermine forms in Gulf of Mexico, eyes Florida
Miami (AFP) Aug 31, 2016
Tropical Storm Hermine formed Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to flood and cause storm surges in the US states of Florida and Georgia, forecasters said. A hurricane watch was in effect for northern Florida, where Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in 42 countries to free up resources for the storm. "It is crucial that every Floridian has a plan in place to en ... read more

Chinese glass bridge, world's longest, closes

Europe 'close to limits' on refugee influx: Tusk

Merkel vows to 'win back trust' after poll loss blamed on migrant crisis

Germany's anti-migrant populists beat Merkel's party in local vote

Berlin's IFA fair dons virtual reality headsets

Shrinking the inside of an explosion

New optical material offers unprecedented control of light and thermal radiation

'Materials that compute' advances as Pitt engineers demonstrate pattern recognition

Warming oceans are 'sick,' global scientists warn

Obama highlights environment on Pacific atoll

Pacific tuna meet fails to agree on cutbacks

Flood threat as plastic bags clog Bangkok's bowels

Technique could assess historic changes to Antarctic sea ice and glaciers

A mammoth undertaking

By mid-century, more Antarctic snowfall may help offset sea-level rise

Giant cruise ship heads to Arctic on pioneering journey

Iran's pistachio farms are dying of thirst

Early-onset spring models may indicate 'nightmare' for ag

Crop domestication is a balancing act

ChemChina rolls over $43 bn Syngenta offer

17 unaccounted for in typhoon-hit northern Japan

Floods kill 60, displace 44,000 in N.Korea: UN

Hurricane Newton barrels toward Mexico resort

Romeo the miracle dog survives Italy quake

COP22 host Morocco's mosques are going green

Mali defence minister fired after jihadists seize town: officials

Corruption 'epidemic' in Tunisia: anti-graft chief

S.Sudan court martials 60 soldiers

Study: Math-capable parents yield math-capable kids

Smarter brains are blood-thirsty brains

UT study cracks coldest case: How the most famous human ancestor died

Scientists think human ancestor Lucy fell from a tree

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement