Dozens leave Japan mudslide island

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TOKYO: More than 50 people were being evacuated from a storm-battered Japanese island on Wednesday, where mudslides left 45 dead or missing last week, ahead of another typhoon expected to strike this weekend. A total of 32 mostly elderly people in need of nursing care, attended by 19 others, boarded a chartered high-speed ferry for the two-hour ride from Oshima to Tokyo, some 120 kilometers to the north. A defense force helicopter was evacuating three other people from the volcanic island on the same day.

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