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Japan – Kyushu drenched by heavy rain

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Laaska News      July 14,   2012

“At least 22 people are dead”


heavy rain, Japan . Photo.

Torrential downpours continue to drench Japan’s southwestern region of Kyushu. At least 22 people are dead and another person is in critical condition. 8 people are missing in Kumamoto, Oita and Fukuoka prefectures in what weather officials say is unprecedented heavy rain.

More than 246,000 people have been ordered to evacuate in Kumamoto, Oita, Fukuoka and Saga prefectures.

In Fukuoka Prefecture, in north Kyushu, more than 70,000 people have been urged to leave their homes in Yanagawa City.

In the northeast Kyushu prefecture of Oita, about 34,000 people in Hita City were ordered to depart by local authorities.

The intense rain caused by an active front has brought more than 800 millimeters of rain to a city in Kumamoto Prefecture since Wednesday. Weather officials note this amount of rain has not been seen before in such a short period of time.

The officials say additional precipitation of more than 80 millimeters per hour is likely in some areas. They warn of a high risk of floods and landslides in areas with saturated ground.


Jul. 14, 2012








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