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Japan Storms Injure Two

June 20, 2001

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TOKYO (AP) _ Heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides killed at least one person, damaged dozens of homes and disrupted train service, police said Wednesday.

An avalanche collapsed a two-floor wooden house in the city of Matsuyama, about 425 miles southwest of Tokyo, killing a 68-year-old man, said police spokesman Kunihiko Kanamasu. Six people, including two children, were rescued.

In the city of Iizuka on the northern tip of Kyushu, 138 people from 53 households spent Tuesday night in community centers after the floors of their homes were inundated, said Shinji Otsuka, a local police spokesman. Iizuka is about 558 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Heavy showers and strong winds forced the suspension of bullet-train service on parts of the heavily traveled Sanyo Line late Tuesday. Crews handed out blankets to passengers who slept in their seats in trains stopped in Osaka and other cities.

Service resumed early Wednesday, with trains running at reduced speed on rain-affected sections of the line, broadcaster NHK reported.

On Tuesday two children were injured and dozens of homes were damaged by flying debris when a tornado struck Ichinomiya, a city in central Japan.

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