14 Killed as Typhoon Lashes Tokyo Area

50 missing on island south of capital
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2013 2:15 AM CDT
Houses in a residential area in Oshima are buried by mudslides after a powerful typhoon hit today.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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(Newser) – The Tokyo area was hit by its fiercest typhoon in at least a decade today, leaving at least 14 people dead and forcing 20,000 to evacuate. Typhoon Wipha drenched the city of 30 million and caused the cancellation of trains and planes, but the worst damage was on Izu Oshima island, 75 miles south of the metropolis, reports Reuters. Landslides and building collapses killed at least 13 people on the island and around 50 people are still unaccounted for. As the storm moved up the coast toward the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, officials reassured the public that proper measures were in place to deal with contaminated water, the BBC reports. (Read more Japan stories.)

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