Heavy rain in Japan leaves 3 dead, 16 missing
Heavy rains in Japan set off floods and mudslides on Wednesday that killed at least three people and left 16 missing.india Updated: Jul 19, 2006 09:22 IST
Heavy rains in Japan set off floods and mudslides on Wednesday that swallowed houses and destroyed roads, killing at least three people and leaving 16 missing since the start of the rainy season.
The rain has also been devastating in the neighboring Korean peninsula, where at least 150 people are dead or missing, mostly in the impoverished communist North, according to officials and aid workers.
From western to central Japan, residents evacuated houses for shelters as rain flooded rivers and caused mudslides, with the weather agency warning of more disasters to come.
A 66-year-old man in Yamanashi near Mount Fuji died on Wednesday after falling in the river swollen by the intense rain, according to the fire and disaster management agency.
It said two other people had died since the rainy season began last month, with one of them buried by a mudslide in late June and the other falling into an irrigation system earlier this month.
Thirty-two people have been injured, four of them seriously.
Some 16 people were missing across Japan due to the heavy rains, according to a tally by the Tokyo Broadcasting System.
On Wednesday a mudslide in western Kyoto prefecture slammed into the house of Yoshinobu Masuda, 91, who went missing along with his 62-year-old daughter Kyoko, a local police officer said.
In nearby Fukui prefecture, a massive mudslide 60 meters (200 feet) wide fell for some 30 meters to destroy the house of Tetsuya Daimon, 47, who went missing along with his mother, Chiyono, 75, according to Fukui police.
"The mudslide also hit a liquefied petroleum gas storage facility next to the Daimon residence. It caused a gas leak and we asked area residents to evacuate," the police officer said.
Heavy rain is expected to continue from western to central Japan on Wednesday with "continued risks of serious disasters," the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
"Strong caution is needed for landslides and rising rivers causing floods," the agency said.