Japan rain kills two prompts evacuation advisory for 80,000

TOKYO - Floods and landslides following torrential rain in western Japan have killed at least two people and prompted one city to advise more than 80,000 people to flee their homes, officials said.

One man was confirmed dead in Kyoto city early on Sunday after he was swept away by a flooded river while trying to build a sandbag barrier, Kyoto prefectural officials said. In nearby Ishikawa prefecture, the body of a 74-year-old woman was pulled from her house after a landslide, national broadcaster NHK said.

Western and central Japan was on Sunday still being battered by heavy rain that started Friday. Fukuchiyama City in Kyoto prefecture experienced rainfall of 303 millimeters during the 24 hours to early on Sunday, a record for the city, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The municipality issued an evacuation advisory - a recommendation that is different from an order to evacuate - to all 80,860 residents, as major parts of the city were submerged by waist-high water.

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