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OSAKA — Torrential rains caused by a slow-moving tropical low-pressure system pounded the Kinki region from around midnight Tuesday through early Wednesday, flooding more than 1,700 buildings and causing major disruptions to traffic, mainly in the prefectures of Wakayama, Nara, and Osaka.

According to Osaka Prefecture, as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, over 1,532 structures were surrounded by water approaching floor level and 114 others were flooded above floor level in the cities of Osaka, Yao and Sakai.

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