Heavy rain in southern Japan has triggered flooding and mudslides, leaving at least two dead and more than a dozen missing
Heavy rain in southern Japan triggered flooding and mudslides on Saturday, leaving at least two dead, more than a dozen missing and others stranded on rooftops waiting to be rescued, officials said.NHK television footage showed large areas of Hitoyoshi town in Kumamoto inundated in muddy waters that gushed out from the Kuma River. Many cars were submerged up to their windows.
Mudslides smashed into houses and floodwaters carried trunks from uprooted trees. Several people were standing atop a convenience store as they waited for rescuers.In the Tsunagimachi district, two of three people buried underneath mudslides were pulled out without vital signs, Kumamoto prefectural crisis management official Takafumi Kobori said.
Rising water caused by heavy rain is seen at Kuma river in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto prefecture on July 4, 2020. (AFP)75,000 ordered to evacuate as heavy rain lashes western JapanSome 75,000 people were ordered to evacuate in western Japan, leaving scores stranded and 13 missing, according to local media and officials.
The nation's weather agency issued the highest emergency level of heavy rain warnings to Kumamoto and Kagoshima on Kyushu island.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 said.
Vehicles pass through a flooded road caused by heavy rain in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto prefecture on July 4, 2020. (AFP)Residents ordered to evacuateKyodo 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.
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