Hundreds of thousands urged to flee as heavy rain hits southern Japan

Hundreds of thousands urged to flee as heavy rain hits southern Japan

A woman walks with an umbrella during a rainy afternoon in Tokyo on May 21, 2019
More rain is expected in southern Kyushu overnight. (Photo: AFP/Charly Triballeau)

TOKYO: Torrential rain pounded Japan's southwestern major island of Kyushu on Monday (Jul 1), hitting about 36cm in 24 hours in one area and triggering landslides and highway closures, with more than 800,000 people urged to evacuate.

One woman in Kagoshima prefecture, southern Kyushu, was killed by a landslide, while evacuation advisories were issued for 388,000 households, or 831,000 people, in Kagoshima and three other prefectures, public broadcaster NHK said.

An evacuation order was issued for 6,000 residents in the city of Ichikikushikino, Kagoshima.

Part of Satsumasendai city saw 361.5mm of rain over 24 hours from Sunday afternoon, exceeding the average monthly rainfall of 291.5mm for July, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Up to an additional 150mm of rain is expected in southern Kyushu overnight and on Tuesday, an agency official said.

Source: Reuters/ga

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