Japan Rains: Two million residents told to seek shelter

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Japan Rains: Nearly two million people have been asked to evacuate their homes due to heavy rains in Japan.

Japan Rains: Two million residents told to seek shelter
Japan Rains: Two million residents told to seek shelter (KYODO VIA REUTERS)

High-level rain warnings were issued in several prefectures, including Fukuoka and Hiroshima.

A woman has died after landslides broke out in Nagasaki Prefecture and her husband and daughter have disappeared.

More than 150 soldiers, police, and firefighters were dispatched to assist with relief efforts in the area.

“They are carefully searching for the missing residents as more mudslides continue as heavy rain continues,” a local official told the AFP news agency.

Japan Rains: Two million residents told to seek shelter
Japan Rains: Two million residents told to seek shelter; Streets in Fukuoka prefecture were photographed flooding on Saturday (@NAPSPANS VIA REUTERS)

The western parts of the country have been severely affected, but heavy rains are expected across the country in the coming days.

The hospital evacuated patients to its upper floors on Saturday after a river flooded the nearby Rocca building in Saga Prefecture, Kyodo News Agency reported, citing local officials.

In all, compulsory evacuation warnings are now in effect for more than 1.8 million people in seven prefects, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK.

Yushi Adachi from the Japan Meteorological Agency described the current rainfall as “unprecedented”.

“There is already a possibility of some kind of catastrophe,” he said.
Local television footage showed sunken roads. Local media reports said rivers in the Saga and Fukuoka were overflowing as water levels continued to rise.

An official in Kumamoto, southwest Japan, says a 76-year-old man who tried to keep his fishing boat safe has gone missing.

Floods came just weeks after landslides caused by heavy rains and rivers burst their banks, killing dozens.

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