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Eight dead, one missing as rain lashes Japan
6 die as typhoon swipes western Japan


6 die as typhoon swipes western Japan
The Asahi Shimbun

The storm could return to wallop northern areas Friday.

Six people were killed and two missing in Shikoku as the season's 15th
typhoon lashed western Japan, triggering landslides, flooding homes
and stranding more than 100 children on a school trip, police said

The typhoon was off the coast of western Kyushu on Wednesday evening
and packing winds of 126 kph.

It was moving north in the East China Sea and was expected to pound
South Korea this morning, the Meteorological Agency said.

But Japan hasn't heard the last of this storm. Typhoon No. 15 was
expected to veer eastward into the Sea of Japan in the afternoon and
drench northern Japan on Friday.

The agency forecasts a wide swath of torrential rain from Kyushu to
the Tohoku region.

In Kagawa Prefecture, Masanori Takao, 84, was found drowned off the
coast of Sakaide on Wednesday morning after falling into a swollen
waterway near his home in Kotohira. His body was swept about 20
kilometers from his home, police said.

Kirie Shinohara, 75, was also found dead in the sea near Kanonji
harbor Wednesday morning. Police suspect she fell into a channel and
was carried 5 kilometers to the harbor.

In Onohara, Kagawa Prefecture, two women were missing after being
swept away when a river inundated a community hall.

Police and fire department officials were searching for Kayo Saeki,
45, and Toshie Saeki, 72, amid the heavy rain.

On Wednesday around 2 p.m., Terumi Tanaka, 70, died when a mudslide
hit his home in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture. Takashi Imai, 73, was also
found dead around 5 p.m. after his home in Niihama was hit by a

On Tuesday, 74-year-old farmer Masakatsu Kuroda was found drowned in
Toyohama, Kagawa Prefecture, police said.

In Ehime Prefecture, farmer Mitsuo Kaji, 78, drowned in a water
channel in Shikoku-Chuo on Tuesday, police said.

The storm dumped 107 millimeters of rain between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Wednesday in Niihama, flooding at least 20 houses.

In Kochi Prefecture, 165 people, including 134 elementary school
students from the city of Kochi, were stranded at a camp in Okawa
after a mudslide closed access roads. The group remained trapped at 8
p.m. Wednesday. Local government officials asked the Self-Defense
Forces for help in the rescue.

Up to 350 mm of rain was expected to fall on the Pacific Ocean shores
of Shikoku and northern Kyushu by tonight.(IHT/Asahi: August 19,2004)

Eight dead, one missing as rain lashes Japan

TOKYO, Aug 19 (Reuters) Heavy rains battered western Japan today as
the death toll from landslides and flooding caused by a typhoon rose
to at least eight, with one missing.

More rain was forecast as Typhoon Megi, which has also buffeted South
Korea, pushed north and threatened to make landfall in northern Japan
as early as tomorrow.

Two people were reported missing in South Korea, where over 2,400
people were evacuated and flights were cancelled.

In Japan, the dead included an elderly couple on Shikoku island who
died when their house was engulfed by a landslide.

Others were swept out to sea by floodwaters or drowned in irrigation
ditches, officials said.

Television footage showed muddy water surging around a traditional
wooden house.

Nearly 700 people were evacuated from their homes and about 165
primary school students spent an anxious night trapped at a nature
centre after being cut off by heavy rains.

Service on one Shinkansen ''bullet train'' line was halted.

Typhoon Megi, which means ''catfish'' in Korean, lashed the region
with rain and high winds for the second day, with occasional gusts of
up to 174 km per hour.

Some 205 mm (8 inches) of rain had fallen on some areas of Shikoku by
0900 hrs local time 0000 GMT today and forecasters said another
200-250 mm was expected in the next 24 hours.

At 0100 GMT, the storm was passing north of Kyushu, Japan's
westernmost main island, and moving north northeast at 15 km an hour.

It was expected to continue to move northeast throughout the day, with
the area of heavy rainfall widening and the possibility of landfall in
northern Japan as early as tomorrow morning.

Heavy rains were also expected to hit parts of northern Japan battered
last month by floods that killed 15 people.

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