Sunday, October 18, 1998 Published at 13:43 GMT 14:43 UK
Pacific typhoon death toll rises
Landslides flattened at least two Japanese homes
Violent weather conditions have claimed at least 12 lives in Japan, as Typhoon Zeb swept across the country.
The storm earlier caused 90 deaths and millions of dollars' worth of damage in the Philippines and Taiwan.
Two men were reported missing after being washed over a sea wall on the southern island of Okinawa. Waves up to eight metres (26 feet) were reported.
The typhoon, which has weakened after its deadly rampage through the Philippines and Taiwan, still packed winds of 90 kilometres an hour (56 mph) as it struck the island of Kyushu on Saturday afternoon.
A 40-year-old housewife and her two sons, aged five and seven, were killed in western Okayama prefecture when their house was flattened by a landslide.
Another mudslide killed an elderly couple near Hiroshima. The state broadcaster NHK reported 44 injured nationwide.
Meteorologists in Tokyo said the typhoon had been downgraded to a tropical storm on Sunday morning.
The weather system is heading north-west across the Japanese mainland. Ferry services and some flights have been cancelled.
Counting the cost
Taiwanese officials have lifted the typhoon warning, enabling rescuers to continue their search for at least 13 people still missing.
Two more bodies were found late on Friday, buried alive by landslides under collapsed homes in Taipei.
Taiwan's air and sea traffic was almost back to normal on Saturday, but many mountain roads were impassable.
The worst damage was inflicted in the northern Philippines, where winds of up to 240 km per hour (150 mph) gave the weather system the status of super typhoon.
President Joseph Estrada declared six provinces on the island of Luzon as calamity areas, and armed forces were called in to help with the relief operation.
More than 4,500 homes were destroyed or damaged, as torrential rainfall caused landslides and floods.
Meteorologists say more trouble may be in store. Tropical storm Babs lies to the East of the Philippines and is strengthening as it approaches.
The Philippines is hit by more than 20 tropical cyclones every year. The most destructive in recent years was Typhoon Angela in 1995, which killed 700 people.