At least 9 dead as typhoon hits northern Japan
31 August 2016, 13:15
Tokyo – Nine elderly people were killed when their nursing home
flooded in northern Japan after Typhoon Lionrock dumped heavy rains on the
broadcaster NHK, quoting Japanese police, said nine bodies were found on
Wednesday at a nursing home in the town of Iwaizumi in Iwate prefecture.
found the bodies when they were investigating flooding at a nearby facility,
NHK said. Its footage showed the nursing home partially buried in mud,
surrounded by debris apparently washed down from the mountains. A car by the
home was turned upside down.
said many of the residents in the nursing home were suffering from dementia.
least two rivers swollen by the typhoon have broken through embankments,
flooding areas in northern Japan.
quoting Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Tourism, said the
embankments gave way before dawn on Wednesday on the northern island of
in the town of Minami-furano are reporting many people trapped in houses and
shelters by flooding from the Sorachi river, NHK said.
photos from Kyodo News service also showed serious flooding south of Hokkaido
in Iwate prefecture on Honshu, Japan's main island.
Lionrock slammed into northern Japan on Tuesday evening, hitting an area still
recovering from the 2011 tsunami.
Fire and Disaster Management Agency said at least three people were injured in
three northern prefectures – Aomori, Akita and Miyagi since Tuesday.
landfall near the city of Ofunato, 500km northeast of Tokyo. It's the first
time a typhoon has made landfall in the northern region since 1951, when the
Japan Meteorological Agency started keeping records.
than 170 000 people were subject to evacuation, including 38 000 in Ofunato,
according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. More than 10 000 homes in
the northern region were without electricity, with power lines damaged from the
March 2011 earthquake and tsunami left more than 18 000 people dead in the wide
swaths of Japan's northern coast, including 340 in Ofunato.
Fukushima nuclear power plant, decimated by the 2011 disaster, some outdoor
decommissioning work was suspended as a precaution.