Japan typhoon death toll rises to 14

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TOKYO: The death toll from a devastating typhoon in northern Japan rose to 14, officials said on Friday, as another powerful storm approached the country’s south. Two bodies were found separately near rivers on the island of Hokkaido, a police spokesman told Agence-France Presse. On Thursday evening, police also found a body near a flooded river in the hard hit town of Iwaizumi in the northern part of Honshu island, public broadcaster NHK said. Typhoon Lionrock, which packed wind gusts of over 160 kilometers (100 miles) an hour landed on Japan’s northern Pacific coast on Tuesday evening, dumping torrential rain over a wide area. Overflowing rivers wreaked havoc, stranding many communities in the country’s largely agricultural north. Iwaizumi was the hardest hit, with 12 people dying in the town, including nine who were buried inside a building of an elderly care facility. As of Friday morning, more than 1,000 people were still cut off in isolated communities in Iwate prefecture, which includes Iwaizumi, the prefectural government said.

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