Japan hit by powerful typhoon

More than a dozen people have been killed after a powerful typhoon - Typhoon Wipha - caused landslides and flooding on Izu Oshima Island, south of Japanese capital Tokyo.

"It is the strongest typhoon in 10 years to pass the Kanto region," Hiroyuki Uchida, the Japan Meteorological Agency's chief forecaster, told journalists on Tuesday.

The storm brought strong winds and record rainfall and officials on Izu Oshima Island said that 13 bodies had found and more than 50 people were unaccounted for.

Many people died when houses collapsed or were buried in mudslides.

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