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|Wednesday, August 22, 2001, updated at 09:14(GMT+8)|
Western Japan Hit by Powerful TyphoonTwo men died and 16 were injured Tuesday in western and central Japan as a powerful typhoon hit Wakayama Prefecture, bringing strong winds to the region, police said.
Yasuo Kitamura, 28, a Kinki Nippon Railway Co. employee, was electrocuted around 2 p.m. when he mistakenly touched a high-voltage overhead train cable on the railway's Iga Line in Ueno, Mie Prefecture, western Japan, the police said.
In Handa, Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, the head of a pottery factory died after falling from the factory's roof while trying to clear its rain gutters.
A carpenter in the town of Mori in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, was seriously injured after falling from a roof he was repairing.
The typhoon hit land on Wakayama Prefecture in western Japan shortly after 7 p.m., after moving slowly northward across the Pacific Ocean south of Shikoku during the day. It could reach the Tokyo area Wednesday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Sixteen people in Shizuoka, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Kochi prefectures were injured. Most of them were knocked over by blasts of wind caused by the typhoon.
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