20 July 2006 09:29 [Source: ICIS news]
TOKYO (ICIS news)--Japan’s petrochemical majors said on Thursday that their plants in western Japan were operating normally, amid reports of mudslides and flash floods caused by heavy rain killing or leaving people missing in the area.
Mitsubishi Chemical reported that no damage had been done to its plant at Mizushima, ?xml:namespace>
Asahi Kasei Chemicals, which also has a plant at Mizushima, said no damage had been reported as of Thursday and all of the company’s facilities, including the acrylonitrile (ACN) units, were operating at normal rates.
Daiso’s Mizushima plant, which produces epichlorohydrin (ECH), was also unaffected, a company spokeswoman said.
As of Thursday morning, 10 people were reported dead in Nagano, Fukui, Shimane and Okayama prefectures, and 10 people were missing in Nagano, Shimane and Kyoto prefectures because of the mudslides and other damages caused by heavy rain, according to news reports.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said that more heavy rain was expected mainly in Kyushu, Shikoku and Kinki regions on Thursday and in wider areas in eastern and western
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