With heavy rains and mudslides, powerful Typhoon Talas killed at least 15 persons in Japan as the storm moved northward Sunday past the country’s western coast.
More than 40 people are missing, local media said. Evacuation orders and advisories were issued to 460,000 people in western and central Japan, Kyodo News agency reported.
The Japan Meteorological Agency pointed out that the center of the season’s 12th typhoon was moving slowly north across the Sea of Japan off the country’s west coast,. It crossed the southern island of Shikoku and the central part of the main island of Honshu overnight Saturday.
That area is hundreds of miles away (kilometers) from Japan’s tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast.