Typhoon Lionrock kills 11 in Japan: local media

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Japanese media report 11 people killed as Typhoon Lionrock brings heavy rain and flooding to Northern Japan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Typhoon Lionrock kills 11 in Japan: local media


At least 11 people were killed when Typhoon Lionrock brought heavy rain and strong winds to Northern Japan on Wednesday (August 31), Japanese media reported.

In Obihiro city in Hokkaido Prefecture, a local TV network broadcast footage showing a collapsed bridge, flooded rivers and rescue personnel checking damaged infrastructure.

Local media reported three people were missing.

On Tuesday (August 29) the Japan Meteorological Agency announced Typhoon Lionrock was expected to make landfall in the northeast Tohoku region with sustained winds of 120 km per hour (75 mph) and gusts up to 176 kph (109 mph) as it moved north from the Pacific Ocean.

In Iwate prefecture, local media reported 11 deaths including nine people at an elderly home whose bodies were found amongst mud and rubble following a flood.

Japan’s Self Defence Force is proceeding with search and rescue operations.

More than 100 flights were cancelled and evacuation warnings were issued for thousands of people.

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