Powerful typhoon lashes Japan, causing floods as thousands evacuate

3:14 PM, Sep 16, 2013   |    comments
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TOKYO - A powerful typhoon is battering Japan today.

Typhoon Man-yi arrived with 100 mph winds and torrential rains, damaging homes and flooding parts of the country's popular tourist destination of Kyoto. Some 260,000 people in Kyoto's city center have been ordered to evacuate to shelters.

Dozens of people have been injured. Police and disaster management officials say a 72-year-old woman was found dead after her body was dug out of the debris of her home smashed by a mudslide the Sunday night, east of Kyoto. Public broadcaster NHK says three others are missing.

Disaster officials say more than 300 homes have been flooded across the western and central Japan, while some 80,000 homes were without electricity.

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Da-ichi (foo-koo-SHEE'-mah dy-EE'-chee) nuclear power plant has been pumping accumulated rainwater to the Pacific to avoid flooding near storage tanks containing radioactive water. Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority says that could violate safety rules, at regulators at the plant are checking that any radioactivity in the released water is within discharge limits.

The Associated Press

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