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Philippine storm blows away after leaving 20 dead
Residents begin cleaning up their homes in Cabanatuan, Philippines on Oct. 20 two days after Typhoon Koppu battered northern Philippines and flooded Cabanatuan city and nearby provinces. (AP Photo)
CABANATUAN, Philippines--A storm finally blew away from the main northern Philippine island Oct. 20, after leaving at least 20 dead over the weekend and forcing 70,000...
1 month after flooding disaster, hundreds still in evacuation in...
The devastation remains visible near the collapsed bank of the Kinugawa river in the Misaka-machi district of Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture. (Eiji Hori)
JOSO, Ibaraki Prefecture--Hundreds of residents remain in evacuation centers while reconstruction work continues at a sluggish pace one month after a typhoon-triggered flood...
15 missing people in Ibaraki flooding found alive
Residents walk through knee-deep floodwater in the Hei-machi district of Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Sept. 15. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
JOSO, Ibaraki Prefecture--The 15 remaining people reported missing in flooding here have been confirmed safe, five days after the embankment of the Kinugawa river collapsed in...
Miyagi rice farmers wait anxiously for floodwaters to recede as...
Farmers clean up debris to ensure that drainage ditches will not be clogged in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on Sept. 12. (Yosuke Fukudome)
As the death toll continues to rise from flooding in eastern Japan, the floodwaters are also threatening the nation’s major rice production area in Miyagi Prefecture, raising ...
Repair work in flooded Kanto areas at a crawl due to water volume
Pump vehicles, in the foreground, were brought in to bring relief to flooded Joso in Ibaraki Prefecture. (Takeshi Iwashita)
Eight-year-old twins reported missing when floodwaters inundated the city of Joso in Ibaraki Prefecture have been found alive, reducing the number of people unaccounted for...
EDITORIAL: Disaster preparedness must always be at the back of our ...
A resident of Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, stays dry courtesy of firefighters equipped with a dinghy. (Tetsurou Takehana)
Record-breaking rains caused enormous damage to wide areas in eastern Japan. In Ibaraki and Miyagi prefectures, river embankments overflowed and burst, causing massive muddy...
VOX POPULI: Record downpours, flooding reminder of Mother Nature's ...
A flooded area along the Kinugawa river in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture (Takeshi Iwashita)
A poem written by Chinese poet Su Shi (1037-1101) of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) is about the swollen Spring River threatening to flood homes while the rain continues to...
Dramatic scenes unfold amid massive rain, heavy flooding in...
The area around Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, is flooded when the Kinugawa river overflowed Sept. 10. (Takeshi Iwashita)
Record-setting downpours in Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures led to heavy flooding with dramatic rescue scenes played out on TV of helicopters airlifting people to safety as...
Detachable sheet defends buildings against flooding during heavy...
A detachable sheet is installed at the entrance to a building to curb water inflow. (Provided by Misawa Homes Co.)
Misawa Homes Co. has developed a sheet that can be installed at the entrance to a building to reduce water inflow during torrential downpours, the company announced.
Huge typhoon covers Kyushu, threatens wide area of Japan
Firefighters in Fukuoka city remove part of a roof that was blown away by Typhoon No. 19 and landed on electrical wires. (Ryo Ikeda)
The most powerful typhoon of the year made landfall on the morning of Oct. 13 and threatened to hammer a wide part of western and eastern Japan over the next 24 hours.
Typhoon No. 18 kills 4, forces thousands to evacuate
Morning commuters slog through the streets of Tokyo’s Shinbashi area on Oct. 6 amid heavy rain brought by Typhoon No. 18. (Wataru Sekita)
Typhoon No. 18 tore through the Kanto region on Oct. 6 after killing at least four people, leaving seven missing and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents.
Kyoto's Arashiyama district holds first drill against flooding
A helicopter simulates a rescue of a person on a sandbar during a flood drill in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district on Sept. 16. (Noboru Tomura)
KYOTO--The Arashiyama district here held its first large-scale drill for flooding on Sept. 16, one year after Typhoon No. 18 caused extensive damage in the popular tourist area.
UPDATE: Typhoon kills three, forces thousands to evacuate
Guests of an inn flee the flooding from the Katsuragawa river in Kyoto on Sept. 16. (Noboru Tomura)
Three people were confirmed dead after Typhoon No. 18 drenched much of the main Japanese island on Sept. 16.
Agency says torrential rain sharply increasing, flooding a growing ...
The platform of Tokyo's Akasaka-Mitsuke subway station is submerged after a typhoon in 1993. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
It's steadily getting a lot wetter in Japan, and there's more to come.
Manufacturers lighten the load for flood prevention
A single person can easily carry Mitsubishi Plastics Infratec Co.’s new water bar. (Provided by Mitsubishi Plastics Infratec Co.)
Companies have developed lighter water bars and sandbags to mitigate the heavy lifting involved in preventing homes and factories from being flooded in typhoons and downpours.
Soldiers work to rescue flood survivors in India
Indian army soldiers evacuate a stranded pilgrim in Govindghat, India, on June 22. (AP Photo)
GOVINDGHAT, India--Soldiers were working to evacuate tens of thousands of people still stranded on June 22 in northern India where nearly 600 people have been killed in monsoon ...
New car sales top 1 million units for first time in Thailand,...
The new plant of Isuzu Motors Ltd. in Thailand started its operations in October 2012. (Masaaki Shoji)
NEW DELHI--New vehicle sales in both Thailand and Indonesia topped 1 million units for the first time in 2012.
Floods paralyze Indonesian capital, heavy rains continue
A girl uses a swim ring to wade through a flooded street in Jakarta on Jan. 16. Flooding caused by monsoon rains have forced thousands of people to flee their homes in Indonesia's capital. (AP Photo)
JAKARTA--Heavy monsoon rain triggered severe flooding in large swathes of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, on Jan. 17, bringing the city to a halt with many government offices...
Japanese automakers widening production capacity in Thailand
An Isuzu Motors Ltd. plant in Chachoengsao province in eastern Thailand started operations on Oct. 29. (Masaaki Shoji)
CHACHOENGSAO PROVINCE, Thailand--Japanese automakers are increasing production in Thailand as the country has rebounded from devastating floods last year and heightened...
North Korea accepts flood aid offer from rival South
North Korean soldiers try to drive their military truck from a riverbed to a road during operations to help victims of flooding near Songchon County, North Korea on Aug. 13. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--Impoverished North Korea has accepted an offer of aid from rival South Korea after devastating summer floods, the South said on Sept. 10, the first time the new...