TOKYO: Tropical Depression Talas unleashed fierce rainfall Saturday in parts of Japan, setting off landslides, halting trains and killing a man after he crashed his car into a pond, reports AP.
Police said the man who drove into a pond in central Japan’s Shizuoka prefecture was rushed to a hospital but died.
Rivers swelled in Shizuoka’s Hamamatsu city, where video shared on social media showed cars wading through watery streets. News footage showed an underground walkway at a train station flooded with muddy water. Because trains stopped temporarily, about 1,000 people were stranded at an arena in Shizuoka where a concert was held Friday night.
The storm is the latest to batter Japan after typhoons have caused several deaths and damage in recent weeks. Talas was headed toward Tokyo and hammering a wide area around the capital with heavy showers. Landslide warnings were issued along the storm’s path.