Experts Warn of Risks of Escape by Vehicle during Heavy Rains

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Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--Five of the 10 people left dead after torrential rains from Typhoon Bualoi hit Japan last week were traveling by car when they were killed, leading experts to warn the general public not to try to evacuate by vehicle when roads are flooded.

The number of deaths that occurred after vehicles became trapped in floodwater or were washed away by overflowing rivers stood at four in Chiba Prefecture, eastern Japan, and one in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The majority of the victims were elderly.

Many similar in-vehicle deaths happened after Typhoon Hagibis hit the country earlier in October. "Evacuating by car during a disaster is not always safe," the Cabinet Office says.

In the flooded town of Nagara in Chiba, a man in his 50s who had become trapped in his car by floodwater was found dead on Friday.

A 61-year-old woman living in the city of Soma in Fukushima was found dead on Saturday after being washed away in her car. Her son in his 30s, who was in the car with her, is still missing.

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