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Typhoon unloads; six die, pair missing

At least six people were killed and two others were missing in Shikoku on Wednesday as Typhoon Megi drenched a wide swath of the country with heavy rain, according to local rescue and police officials.

Megi, the season’s 15th typhoon, was moving north over the sea southwest of Kyushu late Wednesday evening, the Meteorological Agency said.

The agency warned of more heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas in the Kyushu region and elsewhere in southwestern and western Japan through Thursday.

The deaths and disappearances all took place in Kagawa and Ehime prefectures, where around 850 houses and apartments have been flooded.

On Wednesday morning, the body of Kirie Shinohara, 75, who worked at a local human resource center for senior citizens, was found in the port of Kannonji, Kagawa Prefecture. She was believed to have fallen into an irrigation duct in the city Tuesday night.

Rescuers also discovered the body of Masanori Takao, 84, of the town of Kotohira in the prefecture in the Seto Inland Sea off the city of Sakaide. He, too, had fallen into an irrigation duct.

On Tuesday night, farmer Masakatsu Kuroda, 74, of the town of Toyohama in the prefecture was found dead in an irrigation ditch near his home. The body of Mitsuo Kaji, 78, of Shikoku-Chuo, Ehime Prefecture, was also found in an irrigation channel in the city.

On Wednesday afternoon, the body of a man believed to be Terumi Tanaka, 70, was found buried in mud in his house in Niihama, Ehime Prefecture. Tanaka’s house was hit by a landslide caused by the massive rain.

Also in Niihama, Takashi Imai, 73, and his wife, Michiko, 73, were buried in a landslide at the back of their house. Imai was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. His wife was listed in a serious condition.

A flood also washed two people from a shelter in the town of Onohara, Kagawa Prefecture, Tuesday. They remain missing.

Megi, which means fish in Korean, was 360 km southwest of Fukue Island in Nagasaki Prefecture as of 7 p.m., moving north-northeast at 20 kph toward the Korea Strait.

The typhoon had an atmospheric pressure of 970 hectopascals and packed winds of 126 kph near its center.

Some areas from northeast to western Japan saw as much as 30 mm of rain in one hour Wednesday due to the warm, wet air that the typhoon fed to a front, according to the weather agency. It added that the rain was expected to intensify.

Shikoku-Chuo, Ehime Prefecture, recorded 533 mm of rainfall since midnight Tuesday, while the village of Nango in Miyazaki Prefecture saw 410 mm.

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