The storm batters Japan with rain, leaving landslides in its wake

Tropical Depression Tala has unleashed heavy rain in parts of Japan, causing landslides, halting trains and killing a man after his car drove into a pond

TOKYO — Tropical Depression Tala unleashed heavy rain in parts of Japan on Saturday, causing landslides, halting trains and killing a man after he drove his car into a pond.

A man who drove into a pond in central Japan’s Shizuoka prefecture was taken to hospital but died, police said.

In another part of Shizuoka, rescue efforts were underway after a road collapsed due to heavy rain, police said. According to Japanese media, one man managed to crawl out of the stuck truck, but the other man was missing.

A prefectural police spokesman said three people were injured in a mudslide in Shizuoka.

Rivers swelled in Shizuoka’s Hamamatsu city, where a video shared on social media showed cars wading through waterlogged streets. News footage showed the underground walkway of the train station flooded with muddy water. As trains stopped temporarily, about 1,000 people were stranded at the Shizuoka Arena, where the concert was being held on Friday night.

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

The beam headed towards Tokyo and hit a wide area around the capital with heavy showers. Landslide warnings were issued for the storm’s path.


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