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Storm damages space center in Japan, 130K still lacks power


TOKYO– A tropical storm that dumped heavy rain as it swept across Japan moved across the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday after killing two people and injuring more than 100, paralyzing traffic and leaving thousands of homes without power.

Further damage was reported in southern Japan, where Typhoon Nanmadol hit over the weekend before weakening as it moved north.

On the island of Tanegashima, south of the island of Kyushu, a wall was damaged at a space center of the Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency, the Ministry of Economy and Environment said. Industry. The extent of damage to the building used for rocket assembly was being assessed.

Two deaths were reported Monday in Miyazaki Prefecture on Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu as the storm grew stronger, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. One was a man found in a sunken car on a flooded farm in Miyakonojo town, and another was found under a landslide in Mimata.

One person is missing in the western prefecture of Hiroshima and 115 others were injured in western Japan, the agency said. Most injuries were minor, with people falling in the rain, hit by shards of broken glass or flying objects.

More than 130,000 homes, mostly in the Kyushu region, were still without power Tuesday morning, according to the Ministry of Economy and Industry. Many convenience stores were closed at some point and some supply distributions were delayed.

Most transport returned to normal on Tuesday when commuters returned to work after a three-day weekend. Bullet trains and most ground transportation resumed operations, but dozens of flights were grounded in northeast Japan.

The tropical storm tracked into the Pacific Ocean off the northern coast of Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on Tuesday.

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