Japan Floods

  • Horrific Floods in Japan, Half Million Told to Evacuate

    Torrential rain storms that triggered flash floods and mudslides in Japan.

    Hundreds of thousands have also been evacuated to safer areas.

    Unprecedented Rain

    Japan’s Meteorological Agency said such rainfall had never been seen before in the region. As much as 4 inches an hour fell at one time.

    The heavy rainfall on Friday and Saturday in Kumamoto totaled nearly 20 inches in Minamata and nearly 16 inches in Kuma, Yunomae and Amakusa, according to the Meteorological Agency.

    Rescue efforts have been hampered by continued downpours, with up to 300 millimeters of rain in the forecast through Tuesday.


    Meteorological authorities in Japan have also issued special heavy rain warnings to three prefectures Nagasaki, Saga, and Fukuoka and the authorities have also issued evacuation orders to 330,000 citizens.

    Such orders have also been issued to 205,000 people in Kumamoto Prefecture, and to approximately 35,000 in Miyazaki and Kagoshima Prefecture, totaling 550,000 people across Japan.


    With many waiting to be rescued, the Japanese government has also dispatched around 10,000 Ground Self-Defense Force personnel to the hardest-hit areas.

    More than 2,000 households have been left stranded, many of which are home to elderly people.

    Helicopters and boats have been rescuing people from their homes where they can.

    The flooding has also cut off power and communication lines, further delaying search and rescue efforts.

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