24 killed, 55 missing as typhoon hits western Japan
Torrents of muddy water from the Kumanogawa river flow over a bridge in Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture, on Sept. 4. (Toshio Sugiyama)Self-Defense Forces members and other rescue workers search areas where houses collapsed in a landslide in Gojo, Nara Prefecture, on Sept. 5. (Ryo Ikeda)
WAKAYAMA--Search efforts were under way in western Japan on Sept. 5 for 55 people missing after torrential rains triggered by a powerful yet slow-moving typhoon left 24 people dead.
Fifteen people were killed in Wakayama Prefecture, three in Nara Prefecture and two in Mie Prefecture.
The three prefectures are located in the southern part of the Kii Peninsula, where landslides occurred and rivers flooded, washing away homes and submerging communities.
The death toll included two in Tokushima Prefecture and one each in Ehime and Hiroshima prefectures.
According to the Wakayama prefectural government, about 4,700 people from 2,282 households remained isolated in the cities of Tanabe and Shingu and the towns of Nachi-Katsuura and Hidakagawa as roads were blocked.
Typhoon No. 12 passed through the Shikoku and Chugoku regions from the south to the Sea of Japan on Sept. 4.
The rainfall over three days through Sept. 4 reached 1,652 millimeters in Kamikitayama, Nara Prefecture, 1,519 millimeters in Odai, Mie Prefecture, and 1,303 millimeters in Totsukawa, Nara Prefecture--all the largest on record.
Thirty-two people were unaccounted for in Wakayama Prefecture and 20 in Nara Prefecture.
In Wakayama Prefecture, police, firefighters and Self-Defense Forces members on Sept. 5 searched for people missing in Nachi-Katsuura and Shingu, which were hit by flooding.
Seventeen people were missing in Nachi-Katsuura, seven in Tanabe and six in Shingu.
In Nara Prefecture, 10 people were missing in Gojo and nine in Totsukawa.
The government on Sept. 4 set up a headquarters to deal with damage from the typhoon, the 12th this season, headed by Tatsuo Hirano, minister in charge of disaster management.
As of the morning of Sept. 5, electricity supply was not available for about 19,000 homes in Wakayama Prefecture and about 2,700 in Nara prefectures.
Telephone services were severed for about 25,000 homes in Wakayama Prefecture and about 1,500 homes in Nara Prefecture, according to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corp.