Typhoon and mudslides in Japan

Woman reacts in front of collapsed houses following a landslide caused by Typhoon Wipha on Izu Oshima island

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A typhoon caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes on a Japanese island on Oct. 16 before sweeping up the Pacific coast, grounding hundreds of flights and disrupting Tokyo's transportation during the morning rush. At least 14 deaths were reported and more than 50 people were missing.

Hardest hit was Izu Oshima island about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Tokyo. Rescuers found 13 bodies, most of them buried by mudslides, police and town officials said. Dozens of homes were destroyed, and more than 50 people are missing. "We have no idea how bad the extent of damage could be," town official Hinani Uematsu said. (AP)

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