Ma-on typhoon kills 6 in Japan

11 October 2004 | 14:57 Code : 4372 Geoscience events
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The most powerful typhoon to hit eastern Japan in a decade fizzled out on Sunday after causing a trail of destruction which left six people dead and three others missing, police and weather officials said.
The most powerful typhoon to hit eastern Japan in a decade fizzled out on Sunday after causing a trail of destruction which left six people dead and three others missing, police and weather officials said.
Typhoon Ma-on slammed into the Tokyo metropolitan area on Saturday, causing floods and mudslides while paralyzing transport systems in the Japanese capital and surrounding areas.
By 9:00 am Sunday (0000 GMT), Ma-on was downgraded to a temperate depression, the meteorological agency said.
The storm passed near Narita city, 50 kilometres east of Tokyo, and moved to the Pacific ocean at around 8:00 PM (1100GMT) Saturday.
A 55-year-old man died after a mudslide hit his house in Kamakura city, southwest of Tokyo, local police said.
In Minamiizu, Shizuoka prefecture, also southwest of Tokyo, a 72-year-old man died after strong winds broke a wooden power poll and fell on him, according to police.


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