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Typhoon spares Fukushima plant

A powerful typhoon that barrelled through Japan and threatened the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant killed at least 11 people including a woman aged 101, officials and reports said on Thursday.

world Updated: Sep 23, 2011 01:16 IST

A powerful typhoon that barrelled through Japan and threatened the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant killed at least 11 people including a woman aged 101, officials and reports said on Thursday.

Typhoon Roke, which churned across the main island of Honshu and through the already disaster-ravaged northeast, caused flooding and triggered landslides in an echo of a vicious storm earlier in the month that killed around 100 people.

But it did not cause any further damage to the battered nuclear power plant, as had been feared, after workers had scrambled to secure the facility to prevent more radiation from seeping out.

Public broadcaster NHK put the death toll at 11, with four people missing and 367 others injured.

Roke fizzled into an extratropical depression on Thursday afternoon as it veered off the northern main island of Hokkaido, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Police and rescuers recovered at least four bodies on Thursday morning, including a 65-year-old woman who was buried when a mudslide engulfed her house in Iwate prefecture, officials said. Two people, including the 101-year-old, were found dead in Shizuoka prefecture, an official said.