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Typhoon Halong leaves up to 10 dead in Japan

Published on Aug 11, 2014 1:10 PM
This picture taken on August 10, 2014 shows muddy water running under a wooden made bridge in Kyoto, western Japan. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - As many as 10 people died and dozens were injured when Typhoon Halong slammed into the Japanese archipelago over the weekend, reports said on Monday, with heavy rain still lashing the country's north.

The storm was moving over the Sea of Japan (East Sea), after making landfall on the largest and most populous island of Honshu over the weekend, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The outer bands of the storm were continuing to lash northern Japan with heavy rain as officials warned of landslides, floods and possible tornadoes in the area. The agency downgraded the typhoon to a tropical storm at 9.00am (0000 GMT) on Monday as it heads toward the far eastern coast of Russia.

The storm, as well as heavy rain last week, killed two people and injured 86 across the country, public broadcaster NHK reported. But the leading Nikkei newspaper said as many as 10 deaths were linked to the storm.

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