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Japan bullet train line severed for at least 1-2 weeks by typhoon flood damage: JR

Workers check Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet trains parked at a maintenance center after they were flooded when a bank of the Chikuma River burst due to heavy rain caused by Typhoon Hagibis, in the central Japan city of Nagano on Oct. 15, 2019. (Mainichi/Junichi Sasaki)

TOKYO -- It will take at least one to two weeks for trains to start rolling again on a typhoon-damaged stretch of the Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train line connecting Tokyo and Kanazawa, East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) announced on Oct. 15.

Service between JR Nagano and Joetsumyoko stations was knocked out due to flooding caused by Typhoon Hagibis on Oct. 12-13. Water from the Chikuma River swamped a bullet train rail yard in Akanuma, Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, when the river's embankment failed during the storm.

To help make up for the gap in the Hokuriku bullet train line, JR East began running three round-trip rapid services per day on the local Shinetsu Line between Niigata Prefecture's Naoetsu and Nagaoka stations on Oct. 15. Naoetsu Station is accessible from Joetsumyoko Station by local line, and passengers can transfer to the Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train line connecting Niigata and Tokyo at Nagaoka Station.

(Japanese original by Keigetsu Hirai, City News Department)

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