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6 Dead From Heavy Rains in Japan

September 25, 1998

TOKYO (AP) _ Torrential rains caused flooding and mudslides in and around the city of Kochi in western Japan on Friday. Six people were reported killed, including a girl who drowned in a manhole.

Nearly three feet of rain _ 35 inches to be exact _ fell on Kochi between Wednesday evening and Friday night. Three houses were destroyed and more than 2,200 residences were flooded.

Yuta Toyama, 16, drowned after falling into a manhole while wading through floodwaters, police in Kochi said.

Two 87-year-old women and an 83-year-old man also drowned in floodwaters in or near the city, which is 390 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Another woman was found dead after being buried in a mudslide Friday, Kyodo news agency reported. A sixth person also died in the storm, Japan’s national broadcast station NHK reported.

Authorities could not be reached late Friday to confirm the two additional deaths.

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