• Kyodo


At least two people died and more than 50 were injured by strong winds that battered Japan on Sunday, police said.

In Ishikawa Prefecture, a 66-year-old man died after falling down in the wind and striking his head, while another six people were injured.

In neighboring To-ya-ma Prefecture, a 62-year-old man died after striking his head in a fall and 12 people suffered wind-related injuries.

At least 29 people were injured in Ka-na-ga-wa Prefecture, including a 71-year-old woman in Ka-wa-sa-ki who broke her leg when she was blown over.

In Ka-ga-wa Prefecture, two women, aged 69 and 68, were injured when bullpen netting weighing 300 kg was blown onto them by strong winds while they were watching a junior high school baseball game in the town of Mi-ki.

In Jo-e-tsu, Nii-ga-ta Prefecture, where three people were injured, at least 40 houses and apartment buildings had their roofs blown away or windows shattered by powerful gusts.

In Tokyo, more than 10 steel panels covering a construction site in Tama fell onto roads without injuring anyone.

During a university boat race on the Sumida River in Chuo Ward, one boat capsized and another sank. No one was injured.

In Ka-na-ga-wa, there were a number of reports of scaffolding at construction sites being knocked askew or even toppled by strong winds, the police said.

The wind storm also caused a number of transportation disruptions.

More than 30 trains on the Ho-ku-ri-ku Shinkansen Line were halted while bullet trains and local railways in other areas were halted or delayed.

A number of flights across Japan were also canceled.

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