Typhoon Fran, Japan's worst for 10 years, headed north on Monday (13 September), leaving at least 160 dead or missing and a wide trail of destruction behind it in western and central regions.
AERIAL VIEW Flooded area. (2 shots)
LV AND SV People being rescued by military craft. (3 shots)
AERIAL VIEW OF devastated homes in mountainous terrain.
LV PAN AND CU People wading through flooded streets. (3 shots)
GV AND LV Flattened homes in flood water during torrential rain. (4 shots)
SV AND CU People watch as flood water rushes past flattened homes. (4 shots)
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Background: Typhoon Fran, Japan's worst for 10 years, headed north on Monday (13 September), leaving at least 160 dead or missing and a wide trail of destruction behind it in western and central regions.
Fran roared onto land from the southwest, after hovering with great intensity off the coast for two weeks. Even before it hit, there were widespread reports of torrential rains and landslides. Police said most of the deaths and casualties were caused by the floodwaters and slides. Thousands of homes have been completely or partially destroyed and at least another half million were submerged by floodwaters. As people were cut off in remote areas, helicopters took food and blankets to them. Others were picked up and taken to safety.
Typhoon Fran hit with winds of up to 100 miles (160 kilometres) an hour reported in its centre. As a result, southern and western Japan have reported record rainfalls. The rain caused 3,360 landslides and river banks gave way in over 200 places. At the weekend Japan's Construction Ministry set up a disaster headquarters in Tokyo, but in the midst of the storm flood victims, such as those in Kochi City, could do little but stand and watch as their homes and belongings crumpled and floated away in the deluge. Because of the flood situation road and rail services linking the capital with western Japan were suspended and its not known when they'll be restored.
By Monday the typhoon had been downgraded to storm strength with 55 mile-an-hour (90 kilometre) winds. It was expected to hit Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main islands, or northern Honshu by Tuesday (14 September). Fran was Japan's most destructive typhoon since Ida killed 235 people in 1966.