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Pacific Storm Rakes Eastern Japan, 24 Dead, 50 Missing


The death toll from a powerful typhoon in Japan has risen to at least 24, while more than 50 people remain missing.

Police and firefighters Monday continued searching for the missing in several parts of Japan hit by Typhoon Talas. Officials say floods and landslides are hampering rescue efforts.

Floods and landslides swept away houses and damaged buildings in Nara and Wakayama provinces. More than 100 people in the storm-hit areas have been injured.

Kyodo news agency reported Monday that landslides and collapsed bridges left at least 3,600 people isolated in four Wakayama municipalities as of Sunday evening.

Talas made landfall Saturday as a typhoon on the island of Shikoku and moved northward over central and western Japan to the Sea of Japan.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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