TOKYO — A typhoon caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes on a Japanese island today before sweeping up the Pacific coast, grounding hundreds of flights and disrupting Tokyo’s transportation during the morning rush. At least 17 deaths were reported and nearly 50 people were missing.
Hardest hit from Typhoon Wipha was Izu Oshima island, which is about 75 miles south of Tokyo. Rescuers found 16 bodies, most of them buried by mudslides, police and town officials said. Dozens of homes were destroyed, and about 45 people were missing.
The typhoon, which stayed offshore in the Pacific, had sustained winds of nearly 80 mph, with gusts up to 110 mph, before it was downgraded to a tropical storm today. The storm was moving northeast, off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
Meanwhile, Typhoon Nari killed six people in Vietnam, left seven others missing and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes, officials said today.
The storm slammed into Vietnam’s central coast early Tuesday after leaving 13 people dead in the Philippines over the weekend.
Three people were killed and two others were missing in Quang Nam province, the national floods and storms control department said. About 12,000 homes were destroyed or damaged in seven central provinces, it said.
The storm weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall in Vietnam.