Typhoon Talas has raged through Japan, leaving dozens dead and missing in its wake and wreaking terrible damage to the already earthquake ravaged nation.
According to the Japan Times, the Kyodo News has calculated that Talas is the deadliest storm to hit Japan in the last seven years.
As the typhoon approached, Japan issued evacuation orders for as many as 460,000 people. “Nevertheless, at least 3,600 people were stranded by flooding, landslides or broken bridges that hampered relief efforts,” the Japan Times reported.
The death toll from the storm has reached 32, with 57 people still missing.
Residents of several towns remain cut off as a result of flooding and landslides and authorities are using helicopters to mount rescue efforts.