Rescue workers and Japanese troops waded through sludge Thursday to search for victims of mudslides in Japan's deadliest typhoon in more than a decade. It ripped across the country, killing 67 and leaving 21 missing.
Typhoon Tokage, the record eighth typhoon to hit Japan this year, unleashed towering waves and rapid mudslides that demolished homes and flooded dozens of communities when the storm slammed into western Japan Wednesday.
Tokage, which means lizard in Japanese, headed east into the Pacific Ocean on Thursday after losing power, leaving clear blue skies in its wake and rescue workers combing the sea for victims feared washed away in the typhoon.
Tsutomu Mukai on the small island of Awaji 279 miles west of Tokyo said a mudslide buried his home and killed his 72-year-old mother.
Powerful gusts uprooted huge trees, flash floods submerged cars to their windows, and entire hillsides crumbled in landslides across southern and central Japan. Delivery trucks, tipped over by winds, lay on their sides.