Death Toll From Typhoon Pat Reaches 23
TOKYO (AP) _ Seven bodies were recovered from the ocean today and one rescued fisherman died, bringing to 23 the death toll from a typhoon which swept through the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu, police said.
Terufumi Fukukawa of the Kyushu Regional Police Bureau said the victims included 16 fishermen who drowned in rough seas and seven people killed by collapsing houses and falling debris.
Fukukawa said six others, including five fishermen at sea, were still missing. A 486-ton Japanese cargo ship and more than 20 fishing boats sank when Pat, with maximum winds of 124 mph, swept through Kyushu on Saturday.
The hurricane-force tropical cyclone, downgraded to a tropical storm as it left Kyushu for the Japan Sea, took a northeasterly course and landed on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido on Sunday, causing only minor damage.
North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency reported 59 Japanese fishing boats that had taken shelter in North Korea from typhoon Pat left Chongjin for home today.
A Japanese Maritime Safety Agency official, who asked not to be identified, said the agency had asked North Korea through the Japanese Red Cross to allow Japanese fishing boats to seek shelter from the typhoon.
Japan recognizes South Korea and has no diplomatic relations with North Korea.