One dead, two missing in Japan landslides 


One person was confirmed dead and two others declared missing after landslides triggered by heavy rains struck Japan on Friday. 

This is coming just two weeks after a deadly typhoon barrelled through the country with the death toll from the violent storm now standing at more than 80. 

A woman in her 40s was hospitalized and another woman in her 60s unaccounted for after mudslides caused by downpour struck two houses in Chiba, southeast of Tokyo, a local disaster management official said. 

“She was later confirmed dead in hospital,” the official told AFP. 

A separate landslide destroyed another house in Chiba and a man in his 60s was missing, the official said, adding that rescuers continued their search for the two missing people. 

Authorities warned of the chance of further landslides and flooding, especially in areas hit by levee breaks that have yet to be repaired even provisionally. 

“As risks of disasters have already increased, please be extremely vigilant about landslides, rise in river water volumes and floods as rains will continue,” the JMA warned on its Twitter account. 

Over 340,000 residents in the Fukushima region and 5,000 people in Chiba were issued non-mandatory evacuation orders, public broadcaster NHK reported. 

Japan suffers about 20 typhoons a year. 

Only last month Typhoon Faxai wreaked havoc on parts of Japan, damaging 30,000 homes. 

Many of the river banks and levees that were breached during Typhoon Hagibis have not yet been repaired. 

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