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Japan: 4 Workers Trapped in Tunnel After Blast

Four construction workers remained trapped inside a mountain road tunnel Friday a day after an explosion at the site which has hampered rescue efforts, police said.

Firefighters worked through the night Thursday to try and reach the spot where four missing workers are believed to be after a gas explosion in a tunnel in Niigata Prefecture earlier in the day. Firefighters said dense flammable gas were hampering their rescue effort, with visibility only one meter inside the tunnel.

Police said the explosion occurred at 10:30 a.m. about 1,200 meters into the 2,840-meter-long Hakkatoge tunnel being constructed to link Tokamachi and Minamiuonuma, Fuji TV reported. Three workers, who were 150 meters from the tunnel entrance, suffered injuries in the blast which threw rocks and concrete out of the tunnel.

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Japan urges 180,000 to flee floods in Niigata and Fukushima

Japan Friday issued evacuation advisories for more than 180,000 people in central Niigata region and tsunami-hit Fukushima, as heavy rains triggered floods which left five missing, reports said.A car drives through flooded roads in Sanjo City, Niigata prefecture. Japan has issued an evacuation advisory for more than 100,000 people in the central region of Niigata, as heavy rains triggered floods in the mountainous area.Sanjo City in Niigata, some 200 kilometres 125 miles north of Tokyo, advised all 104,000 residents to go to flood evacuation centres, Jiji Press news agency said.Rain had topped half a metre 20 inches at several points since Wednesday, it said.

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