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Japan: Rescuers continue search for typhoon survivors

Helicopters have begun lifting supplies to communities cut off by a powerful typhoon in central and western Japan.

It has been confirmed that almost 40 people have been killed but more than 50 are missing after the country's most powerful storm in seven years triggered landslides and flash floods.

Wakayama prefecture was most heavily hit, with rainfall of up to 180 cm.

The BBC's Roland Buerk reports.

  • 07 Sep 2011
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