14 killed as Typhoon Wipha slams northeastern Japan
Japan's state-run broadcaster NHK has confirmed that 14 people were killed after Super Typhoon Wipha hit the nation on Wednesday.
Most of the deaths occurred on Izu Oshima, an island south of Tokyo Bay, where more than 800 milliliters of rain were recorded earlier in the day, the most to fall in the region since 1938.
Authorities say that roughly 50 residents of Oshima remain unaccounted for.
The Japan Meteorological Agency says the typhoon has now passed northern Iwate prefecture and is quickly moving northward, packing winds of up to 126 kilometers per hour.
The typhoon flooded homes and caused power outages and mudslides in some areas in and around Tokyo, where local authorities advised more than 23-thousand households to evacuate.
To the concerns of many, the typhoon passed through the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant at about noon local time, but no reports of damage have been made so far.
The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Corporation, released about 40 tons of rainwater that had accumulated in the compound into the sea which it claims had previously cleared tests for radioactivity.
However, there are lingering concerns, as strong winds have further complicated clean-up efforts at the nuclear site.
Han Da-eun, Arirang News.
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