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One dead, two missing as Typhoon Wipha sweeps Japan

By dpa news     Sep 17, 2007 in Environment
One person died and two were missing Tuesday after a powerful typhoon struck the northern Japanese region of Tohoku.
An 87-year-old man died of an illness at an evacuation shelter in Kita-Akita early Tuesday while a woman and a 64-year-old newspaper delivery man were swept away by overflowing rivers, media reports said.
The casualties were reported since Typhoon Wipha began to bring heavy rain and strong winds to Japan on Monday.
Local authorities have advised more than 30,000 residents to evacuate because of flooding and rivers that have breached their banks.
Wipha was heading north-west from the East China Sea toward China Tuesday at about 20 kilometres per hour, packing winds of up to 252 kilometres per hour near its centre, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Train service was suspended in northern Japan, and nearly 50 flights were cancelled in the southern prefecture of Okinawa. dpa cm ls