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At Least 14 Dead in Typhoon Sarah’s Wake

August 5, 1986

TOKYO (AP) _ A weakening Typhoon Sarah swept toward northeast Japan on Tuesday after dumping heavy rain on central and western sections of the country, flooding thousands of homes and leaving at least 14 people dead, police said.

Six people were killed in landslides and floods in Tochigi prefecture, 62 miles north of Tokyo, said National Police Agency spokesman Hide Nakai. One person was missing in Tochigi and another in neighboring Ibaraki prefecture, he said.

Four people were killed in Miyagi prefecture, on Japan’s northeast coast, two people in adjoining Fukushima prefecture, and one each in Ibaragi and Shizuoka prefectures, according to Nakai. Sixty people were injured nationwide, he said.

Water flooded 18,352 houses nationwide and seeped under the floorboards of another 36,027, Nakai said.

One train carrying about 500 passengers derailed in Chiba prefecture when it hit a landslide. One passenger was slightly injured.

Rain continued to fall in northeastern Japan as Sarah, also known as Typhoon No. 10, was downgraded to a tropical storm.

The most rainfall was recorded in Hanazono, Ibaraki, where 16.7 inches fell from early Monday to Tuesday morning, a Central Meteorological Agency official said. Downtown Tokyo received 8.4 inches of rain during the same period.

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