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Woman, 81, dies after taking bath at temporary facility in quake-hit Hokkaido

Mud and sand from landslides triggered by the Sept. 6 earthquake have been removed from major roads in the southern Hokkaido prefectural town of Atsuma on Sept. 12, 2018. (Mainichi)

ATSUMA, Hokkaido -- An elderly woman has died after she was found unconscious in a bath at a temporary facility here on Sept. 18, the Iburi Tobu Fire Department and the Hokkaido Prefectural Police revealed.

According to the authorities, Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) personnel called an ambulance at around 2:55 p.m. on Sept. 18 and reported that an unconscious woman was found floating in a bath. While the 81-year-old resident of Atsuma was being transferred to a hospital in Tomakomai, southern Hokkaido, she died.

The Hokkaido Prefectural Police's Tomakomai Police Station is investigating the details of the incident.

The facility has been built by the GSDF near an evacuation center in the town of Atsuma, Hokkaido, after a magnitude-6.7 quake hit the area early on the morning of Sept. 6. As of the afternoon of Sept. 18, there were 76 houses in the town that had collapsed or were partially damaged, 457 houses where water supplies had been suspended and 476 residents who had been evacuated.

(Japanese original by Koichi Ogino, Hokkaido News Department)

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