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World 75,000 ordered to evacuate as heavy rain lashes western Japan

05:51  04 july  2020
05:51  04 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Fears of landslides and flooding put southern Japan on high alert Thursday as heavy rains continued to pummel the region, prompting authorities to order more than a million people to evacuate .

Fears of landslides and flooding put southern Japan on high alert Thursday as heavy rains continued to pummel the region, prompting authorities to order more than a million people to evacuate .

a truck driving down a dirt road: Reports said 75,000 residents were ordered to evacuate their homes, with nearly 100 people stranded © STR Reports said 75,000 residents were ordered to evacuate their homes, with nearly 100 people stranded

Some 75,000 people were ordered to evacuate in western Japan Saturday as record heavy rain triggered floods and landslides, leaving scores stranded and 13 missing, according to local media and officials.

a close up of a street: Japan's weather agency issued the highest emergency level of heavy rain warnings to Kumamoto and Kagoshima on Kyushu island © STR Japan's weather agency issued the highest emergency level of heavy rain warnings to Kumamoto and Kagoshima on Kyushu island

The nation's weather agency issued the highest emergency level of heavy rain warnings to Kumamoto and Kagoshima on Kyushu island.

Television footage showed vehicles swamped at car parks near a flooding river, while several bridges were reportedly washed away.

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Fears of landslides and flooding put southern Japan on high alert Thursday as heavy rains continued to pummel the region, prompting authorities to order more than a million people to evacuate .

Media captionTorrential rain lashes Japan . More than one million people across the Japanese island of Kyushu have been ordered to evacuate , amid The entire populations of Kagoshima city, Kirishima and Aira were ordered to leave. Another 930, 000 people in the south of the island were also advised

Rescuers were searching for three people in Kumamoto after a landslide buried their house, public broadcaster NHK said.

"We have issued evacuation orders after record heavy rain," said Toshiaki Mizukami, an official of Kumamoto prefecture.

"We strongly urge people to take action to protect their lives as it's still raining quite heavily," he told AFP.

Kyodo News said 75,000 residents in Kumamoto and Kagoshima were ordered to evacuate their homes, with nearly 100 people reportedly stranded.

Local authorities have asked troops to join rescue operations, NHK said.

Some train services, including Shinkansen bullet train operations, have been suspended in the region.

Japan is currently in its rainy season, which often causes floods and landsides and prompts local authorities to issue evacuation orders.

No casualties or injuries have so far been reported.

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Japan issues fresh rain disaster warnings as toll hits 54 .
Japan issued fresh landslide and flooding warnings Wednesday as torrential rain moved over the centre of the country and the death toll from days of downpours rose to 54. Heavy rains that began early Saturday on the island of Kyushu have already caused devastation across a swathe of the southwestern portion of the country, causing rivers to burst their banks and hillsides to collapse. The weather front is now moving north, and on Wednesday morning the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued its highest level warning for Gifu and Nagano prefectures in central Japan.

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