Lionrock Death Toll Reaches 17 as Japan Braces for New Typhoon

Tokyo – The death toll from Typhoon Lionrock has risen to 17 in Japan, with several people still missing, and officials said Sunday a new storm threatens the country’s southwest.Two more deaths were confirmed Sunday from the major typhoon which hit northern Japan last week, said an official in the hard-hit prefecture of Iwate.A new typhoon is bearing down on the country’s main island of Kyushu in the southwest. The new storm is slowly moving northward with gusts of up to 126 kilometres per hour and bringing heavy rain, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, warning of high seas, landslides and floods.In 2013 a powerful typhoon that triggered massive landslides on Oshima island killed 40 people, while 82 died after a typhoon hit Japan in 2011.

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