Japan has been hit by a typhoon

Typhoon Talas, which made landfall on Saturday and is one of the deadliest in recent years, packed gusts of up to 108km/h as it cut across the island of Shikoku and the main island of Honshu.

In Wakayama prefecture, 12 people were killed and 29 were missing. In Nara prefecture’s Totsukawa village, an overflowing river washed away apartments, leaving at least two people dead and seven missing, the local government said. In the Kansai region and elsewhere up to 30,000 people were evacuated, according to the fire and disaster management agency.

Tourists in these areas should head for the nearest emergency evacutation center and notify their national embassy.

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