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17 killed as typhoon hits Japan's coast

Updated: 2013-10-17 07:25
By Agencies in Tokyo ( China Daily)

At least 17 people died as a typhoon lashed Japan's Pacific coast on Wednesday, media reports said, with the death toll likely to rise.

Typhoon Wipha, called the strongest in 10 years, caused landslides that buried houses as it churned past an island just south of Tokyo.

Public broadcaster NHK and Jiji Press reported that at least 16 people died and 51 were unaccounted for on Oshima after houses were destroyed or swept away by a series of landslides and floods on the island, 120 km south of Tokyo.

17 killed as typhoon hits Japan's coast