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Storm hits Japan with rain, man dies driving in pond


Tropical Depression Talas unleashed heavy rains in parts of Japan, causing landslides, stopping trains and killing a man after his car crashed into a pond

TOKYO– Tropical Depression Talas unleashed heavy rains in parts of Japan on Saturday, causing landslides, stopping trains and killing a man after his car crashed into a pond.

Police said the man who went to a pond in Shizuoka prefecture in central Japan was rushed to hospital but died.

In another part of Shizuoka, a road collapsed due to heavy rains and rescue efforts were underway, they said. Japanese media reported that a man managed to get out of a truck that got stuck but another man was missing.

Separately, three people were injured in a mudslide in Shizuoka, according to a spokesperson for the prefectural police.

Rivers swelled in the city of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka, where video shared on social media showed cars wading through watery streets. News footage showed an underpass for pedestrians at a train station flooded with muddy water. Because the trains came to a temporary halt, around 1,000 people were stranded in an arena in Shizuoka where a concert was held on Friday night.

The storm is the latest to hit Japan after typhoons have caused several deaths and damage in recent weeks.

Talas was heading towards Tokyo and hammering a large area around the capital with heavy downpours. Landslide warnings were issued along the storm’s path.

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Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyama



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