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Tens of hundreds urged to evacuate as heavy rain hits Japan

TOKYO: Tens of hundreds of individuals had been urged to evacuate on Friday (Aug 13) as “unprecedented” ranges of torrential rain hit western Japan, elevating the chance of floods and landslides, the climate company stated.

The downpours are forecast to proceed for a number of days over a big swathe of the nation, from the northern Tohoku area to Kyushu within the south.

“There’s a chance {that a} grave catastrophe will happen” within the coming days, a Japan Meteorological Company (JMA) official informed an emergency information convention proven dwell on public broadcaster NHK.

In Unzen metropolis in southern Nagasaki prefecture, two homes had been hit by a landslide with one girl in her 50s feared lifeless, a neighborhood official informed AFP.

The heaviest rain was in Hiroshima prefecture, the place non-compulsory evacuation orders had been issued to at the very least 69,500 folks and the highest flood alert introduced.

Within the metropolis of Hiroshima, “we’ve got issued a particular heavy rain warning. It is a degree of heavy rain that we’ve got by no means skilled earlier than”, the JMA stated in a press release.

The company official additionally known as the rain in some areas “unprecedented”.

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