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Death toll from Hiroshima landslides reaches 50: police

08/24/2014 07:09 GMT

TOKYO, August 24, 2014 (AFP) - The death toll from devastating midweek landslides in Hiroshima rose to 50 on Sunday as fresh rain stoked fears of more disasters and hampered the round-the-clock search for survivors.

Meanwhile, two women were killed Sunday on the remote island of Rebun, some 1,350-kilometres (840 miles) northeast of Hiroshima, when a rain-triggered landslide crushed their home, local officials said.

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Japan landslide death toll rises to 46

08/23/2014 07:51 GMT

TOKYO, August 23, 2014 (AFP) - The death toll from devastating landslides in western Japan rose to 46 on Saturday, as rescuers worked around the clock to comb through destroyed houses searching for survivors.

Local police said they cannot confirm the whereabouts of 41 local residents in the disaster-hit area of Hiroshima, where heavy rain early Wednesday triggered landslides that swallowed dozens of homes.

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Japan: Landslides in Hiroshima - Information bulletin no. 1

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.

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Typhoon Halong leaves up to 10 dead in Japan: reports

08/11/2014 07:54 GMT

By Shingo ITO

TOKYO, August 11, 2014 (AFP) - As many as 10 people died and dozens were injured as Typhoon Halong slammed into the Japanese archipelago over the weekend, reports said Monday, with heavy rain still lashing the country's north.

The storm was moving over the Sea of Japan (East Sea) Monday morning, after making landfall on the largest and most populous island of Honshu at the weekend, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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Half a million advised to evacuate as heavy rain lashes Japan

08/04/2014 10:40 GMT

TOKYO, August 4, 2014 (AFP) - A man drowned in a raging river while more than half a million people were advised to evacuate over the weekend as heavy rain lashed western Japan, officials said Monday.

The torrential downpours from Typhoon Nakri also led to the drowning of around 10,000 chickens after a river flowed over its banks near a poultry farm on Saturday, media said.

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Typhoon Neoguri challenges preparedness and Japanese Red Cross support

By Midori Tasaka, Japanese Red Cross Society

As Typhoon Neoguri pushed through Japan’s main island, passing Tokyo, the powerful storm provided a key test for early warning systems, upgraded since the 2011 tsunami, and measures put in place by the Japanese Red Cross Society to support the most vulnerable.

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Typhoon Neoguri in Moonlight (as of 8 July 2014)

Typhoon Neoguri pounded Okinawa and other Western Pacific islands with torrential rain and damaging winds in mid-July 2014, en route to a likely landfall in Japan. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime image of the storm at 2:07 a.m. Japan Standard Time on July 9, 2014 (17:07 Universal Time on July 8). At the time, Neoguri was a category 2 typhoon moving through the East China Sea.

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Flooding, havoc in Japan as Typhoon Neoguri batters mainland

TOKYO, July 10, 2014 (AFP) - Typhoon Neoguri slammed into the Japanese mainland Thursday bringing widespread flooding, ripping trees from their roots and leaving houses half-buried under mud, as tens of thousands were urged to seek shelter.

The storm, which has left several people dead and a string of damage in its wake, caused havoc in many small communities as residents struggled to keep waves of dirty water from destroying their homes.

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Typhoon Neoguri bears down on Japanese mainland

07/09/2014 10:05 GMT

by Miwa SUZUKI

TOKYO, July 9, 2014 (AFP) - Typhoon Neoguri bore down on the Japanese mainland Wednesday after slamming into the southern Okinawa island chain, killing two people in the country and leaving a trail of damage in its wake.

Packing gusts of up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the typhoon could hit the southern main island of Kyushu on Thursday before moving east along the Japanese archipelago, the national weather agency said.

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Powerful typhoon Neoguri lashes Japan's Okinawa islands

07/08/2014 22:39 GMT

by Miwa SUZUKI

TOKYO, July 8, 2014 (AFP) - Typhoon Neoguri lashed Japan's southern Okinawa islands, reportedly leaving two dead and forcing more than half a million to seek shelter, as the region's worst storm in years damaged buildings, downed trees and brought air and sea traffic to a halt.

The Japan Meteorological Agency downgraded all severe warnings for Okinawa early Wednesday after the typhoon passed, packing gusts of up to 216 kilometres (134 miles) per hour with torrential downpours and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

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Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 1 - 7 July 2014

Typhoon Neoguri is headed towards Japan and the government has issued warnings and evacuation advisories. Papua New Guinea and the Philippines continue to experience heavy floods.

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