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Heavy rain affects voting in southwestern Japan

Cars are overturned in rice fields in Tachiarai in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, due to flooding from the Tachiarai River in Fukuoka Prefecture on July 21, 2019. (Kyodo)

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) -- Southwestern Japan continued to be lashed by heavy rain on Sunday as a typhoon passed across the Korean Peninsula, leaving several injured and affecting voting for an upper house election, authorities said.

    The rain flooded some roads in Fukuoka Prefecture, causing a two-hour delay to the start of voting for the House of Councillors election in the city of Kurume, which saw a record 90 millimeters of rainfall over an hourlong period.

    Evacuation orders or advisories were issued for parts of Fukuoka and nearby Saga Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

    In Kurume, a 94-year-old woman broke a rib after falling while evacuating, police said.

    The agency warned of further rain and mudslides in the western regions of Shikoku and Kyushu.

    Typhoon Danas brought torrential rain to northern Kyushu over the weekend, including the Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture where three women sustained minor injuries, according to local authorities.

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