TOKYO -- A powerful typhoon lashed Japan with torrential rain Monday, leaving two dead as it damaged homes and flooded parts of the country's popular tourist destination of Kyoto, where 260,000 people were ordered to evacuate to shelters.
Typhoon Man-yi was later downgraded to a tropical storm, centered off the eastern coast of Japan's northern main island of Hokkaido, although it was still dumping heavy rain on parts of the country, officials said.
Trains in Tokyo and its vicinity were suspended for part of the day, but transportation had mostly resumed in the area by Monday evening. Hundreds of flights were grounded.
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More than 100 people were reported injured across the country by Monday evening, public broadcaster NHK said, citing its own tally.
Police and disaster-management officials said the body of a 72-year-old woman was dug out of the debris of her home, which was smashed by a mudslide the night before in Shiga prefecture, east of Kyoto. A 77-year-old woman was found dead in a mudslide in Fukui prefecture.
The Meteorological Agency said the storm dumped an "unprecedented" amount of rainfall in Kyoto and two neighboring prefectures -- as much as 3 inches per hour. It lifted a "special warning" for the area Monday.
In Kyoto, where the city's major Katsura River flooded, 260,000 people in the prefectural capital alone were told to evacuate. Across Japan, hundreds of thousands of others were also ordered to evacuate.
Tourists in Kyoto were taken to safety in boats towed by rescue workers on a flooded riverside street, near the normally scenic Arashiyama area.
As a preventive measure, workers at the crippled Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant, about 155 miles northeast of Tokyo, were pumping away rainwater that was pooling around hundreds of storage tanks containing radioactive water.
The rainwater was being released to the ocean and was believed to be untainted, Tepco said.