View Full Version : Deadliest typhoon in a decade wrecks Japan

Oct 21, 2004, 13:34
BBC News : Typhoon batters south-west Japan (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3759624.stm)

The deadliest typhoon in a decade has torn across Japan, killing at least 48 people and injuring 200 while another 33 are reported missing.
Typhoon Tokage reached speeds of 229 km/h (142 mph) as it battered the south-west, forcing thousands to evacuate amid the threat of mudslides.
Parts of the south, especially in Miyazaki Prefecture, were virtually shut down with public schools closed and transport services suspended.

More than 50,000 households had no electricity while another 110,000 people were forced to evacuate, according to broadcaster NHK.

Almost 1,000 domestic flights were cancelled, affecting some 127,000 passengers.

This was the 23rd typhoon this year in Japan, and the 10th to cause landfall.
Typhoon 23 came just 11 days after the almost as powerful typhoon 22.