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Japan typhoon search resumes as another storm looms

Published on Oct 21, 2013 7:18 PM
 
Fire brigade members continue the search for missing people on Monday, Oct 21, 2013, after a landslide caused by heavy rains from Typhoon Wipha hit Oshima island, south of Tokyo. The search resumed on Monday for 18 people still missing after last week's typhoon-sparked landslides on a Japanese island, as meteorologists warned of another "very strong" storm. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - The search resumed on Monday for 18 people still missing after last week's typhoon-sparked landslides on a Japanese island, as meteorologists warned of another "very strong" storm.

Following a weekend hiatus because of rough weather, emergency crews were back combing through the tonnes of mud that engulfed houses overnight on Oshima, an island 120 kilometres south of Tokyo.

The weekend's heavy rain brought more misery to the island after the landslides, which killed at least 28 people, with 2,300 residents advised to leave their homes for fear of further calamity.

With the advisory lifted as of 8.00 am local time on Sunday, some 1,200 police officers, rescue workers and soldiers were back at their grim task, an official said.

 
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