2 killed in strong winds; Tokyo train services reduced

April 03, 2012

At least two people were killed when strong winds and rain swept through central and eastern Japan on April 3, disrupting transportation services and causing structural damage.

In Nomi, Ishikawa Prefecture, the wind knocked over an 82-year-old woman who was pushing her bicycle at 8:30 a.m., police said. She died of her injuries at a hospital.

Later, around 1 p.m. in the city of Toyama, a gust overturned a shed that landed on an 81-year-old man, according to Toyama prefectural police. Rescue workers took him to Toyama University Hospital, but he died later.

In Tonami in the same prefecture, a truck overturned on a bridge around 10:50 a.m., injuring the driver.

In Ono, Fukui Prefecture, an 89-year-old man was knocked over by the wind and suffered injuries.

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) reduced the number of services by 30 percent on some local lines in the Tokyo metropolitan area due to the strong wind.

It also suspended all train services on the Keiyo Line linking Tokyo with Chiba, starting at 2:45 p.m.

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The wind and rain make life miserable in Osaka on April 3. (Takaharu Yagi)

The wind and rain make life miserable in Osaka on April 3. (Takaharu Yagi)

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  • The wind and rain make life miserable in Osaka on April 3. (Takaharu Yagi)

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