Storm pounds Japan with rain, leaving landslides in its wake
TOKYO (AP) — Tropical Depression Talas unleashed fierce rainfall Saturday in parts of Japan, setting off landslides, halting trains and killing a man after he crashed his car into a pond.
Police said the man who drove into a pond in central Japan’s Shizuoka prefecture was rushed to a hospital but died.
In another part of Shizuoka, rescue efforts were underway after a road collapsed from the heavy rainfall, police said. Japanese media reports said one man managed to crawl 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 prefectural police spokesperson.
Rivers swelled in Shizuoka’s Hamamatsu city, where video shared on social media showed cars wading through watery streets. News footage showed an underground walkway at a train station flooded with muddy water. Because trains stopped temporarily, about 1,000 people were stranded at an arena in Shizuoka where a concert was held Friday night.
Talas was headed toward Tokyo and hammering a wide area around the capital with heavy showers. Landslide warnings were issued along the storm’s path.
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