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    Talas leave thousands without power in Japan

    TOKYO (AFP) – Thousands were without running water and power in central Japan yesterday after Typhoon Talas dumped record rains on the region, triggering floods and landslides, and leaving at least two dead.

    The body of a man in Kakegawa city, Shizuoka region, was pulled from what remained of his house on Saturday after a landslide destroyed it, a regional disaster management official told AFP.

    “Another male (in neighbouring Fukuroi city) was driving to his home (Saturday) when the water level rose and his vehicle apparently stopped. While the individual tried to walk home, he was believed to have died,” the official said.

    Another man was still missing in Kawanehoncho town in Shizuoka after his vehicle fell into a hole that opened up in the roadway, he said, adding that three others suffered minor injuries.

    Typhoon Talas battered central Japan on Friday and Saturday as it swept by just off the Pacific coast, dumping more than 40 centimetres of rain in a 24-hour period in communities in Shizuoka, according to Japan Meteorological Agency.

    It was downgraded to a depression on Saturday morning before moving back out to the Pacific.

    Heavy rain from the storm sparked landslides, including in remote mountains in Shizuoka, causing several electricity pylons to fall and snap, resulting in as many as 120,000 households losing power on Saturday.

    A journalist works at the site of a landslide caused by a typhoon in Mimata. PHOTO: TIMES OF MALTA
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