16 Dead, Missing as Typhoon Clears Japan
But Fukushima nuclear plant sustains little damage
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2011 5:47 AM CDT
Farmlands are under waters flooded from the Toyo River in central japan on Wednesday Sept. 21, 2011 as powerful Typhoon Roke barreled across central Japan.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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(Newser) – Typhoon Roke cleared out of Japan today, leaving 16 people dead or missing—and the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant intact. The storm, Japan’s second major typhoon in one month, dumped as much as 17 inches of rain, causing landslides and flooding. Winds snapped power lines, leaving more than 200,000 households without electricity.

The already-damaged Fukushima plant, however, weathered the storm without experiencing the major problems that had been feared, the AP reports. A spokesperson says several cameras were damaged, but no more radioactive water or material was leaked. Most of the dead and missing were swept away by swollen rivers; one died in a landslide.