OSAKA — A 68-year-old man was killed early Wednesday in Ehime Prefecture when his home was buried in a landslide brought on by a seasonal rain front that caused widespread damage in western Japan, police and firefighters said.
Yoshinori Nitta was found dead after a landslide crushed his house in Matsuyama, the prefectural capital, at around 3:30 a.m., they said.
The other six members of his family were rescued, they said, adding that Nitta’s body was retrieved from the rubble about 21/2 hours later.
The landslide, measuring about 300 meters high and 20 meters wide, partially destroyed Nitta’s house and demolished a neighboring house that was vacant, they said. About 260 mm of rain was recorded from 5 p.m. Monday through 5 a.m. Wednesday in Matsuyama.
At 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Meteorological Agency issued a warning against heavy rain and flooding throughout the prefecture.
In Wakayama Prefecture, six people were rescued unhurt after being trapped in a house that collapsed under a landslide at around 2:55 a.m. Wednesday, local police and firefighters said.
Kozo Yokote, 48, and two of his five-member family as well as three friends of his daughter were at one point buried in the house in the town of Kudoyama. All six were rescued about 50 minutes later in a rescue operation involving some 300 police officers and firefighters, they said.
At an observation point near the scene, 96 mm of rain was recorded up until 3 a.m. Wednesday, prefectural officials said.
In the village of Tenkawa, Nara Prefecture, a landslide measuring about 50 meters high and 10 meters wide partially destroyed the home of Hatsuko Nishimae, 79, at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Nobody was injured.
In Taishi, Hyogo Prefecture, a slope 12 meters wide along Route 2 collapsed, closing a 1-km section of the national road, authorities said, adding that no one was hurt.
From Tuesday through Wednesday morning, 26 houses were flooded in Tadotsu, Kagawa Prefecture, and four houses in Mikamo, Tokushima Prefecture.
Bullet trains on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line ran at reduced speeds between ShinIwakuni and Tokuyama stations. , delaying services by up to 15 minutes, railway officials said.
In Fukuoka, a two-story wooden house built on a filled-in pond, which belongs to Yasushi Fujikawa, 36, almost collapsed due to subsidence caused by Tuesday’s downpour, local police said.
Five neighboring houses were also listing, but the 25 members of all six households were safely evacuated. In Fukuoka, 212.5 mm of rain was recorded Tuesday.
On Wednesday morning, the agency warned against landslides, flooding and other rain-related disasters in wide areas centering on the Pacific coast of western Japan.
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