Japanese Typhoon survivors getting food by air. KehlBayern September 6, 2011 News Typhoon Talas has left many Japanese cut off from supplies and electricity, the storm being the worst the country has seen in 28 years. Flooding, mudslides and damage to roads has kept many people primarily in central Japan cutoff from aid supplies, hence the need for delivery of food, water and medical supplies by air. In Wakayama prefecture alone some 34 people are still missing, and nationwide 3000 remain in relief shelters. FoxNews reports that “Talas” is a Philippine word for ‘sharpness.’ Given the destruction Japan has suffered at the hand of natural disasters this year, that name is quite apt.