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18 dead after typhoon hits Japan

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posted on Sep, 30 2004 @ 01:08 PM
A dozen people missing and at least 70 injured after Meari puonds on Japan.
Typhoon Meari made landfall on the southernmost main island of Kyushu, with winds over 67 mps, causing landslides.

TOKYO, Japan -- At least 18 people have been killed in Japan after tropical storm Meari buffeted the nation, with a dozen missing and 70 others wounded.

Meari has cut a wide swath through Japan over the past few days, causing floods, flipping cars, triggering deadly landslides that have destroyed dozens of homes, with about 10,000 people fleeing to shelters.

The typhoon made landfall on the southernmost main island of Kyushu on Wednesday before moving northeast over large parts of the country including Tokyo, with winds up to 108 km (67 miles) per hour.

In Mie prefecture in western Japan, soldiers up to their ankles in mud were digging through debris in search of survivors feared trapped under mud and the rubble of their own houses, Reuters news agency reported.

More and more severe storms are hitting land and causing major damage, not only in the Carribean and Florida but also in Asia.

Is this another sign of global warming and the damage we have done to the enviroment?

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