More than a million people have been forced to seek shelter as torrential rains in the west triggered floods and landslides. JapanAt least one was killed and two were missing.
Authorities in the northern part of Hiroshima and Kyushu issued their highest evacuation warning on Saturday as the weather agency announced unprecedented rainfall.
Public broadcaster NHK says about 1.4 million residents have been asked to leave their homes immediately, under a mandatory warning.
TV footage showed rescuers dragging residents through sunken streets on a boat in the town of Krume in Fukuoka, while a muddy stream overflowed in the neighboring province of Saga.
A 59-year-old woman was killed and two members of her family went missing when two houses collapsed in a landslide in the Unsen area of Nagasaki province, a local official said.
“More than 150 troops, police and firefighters were dispatched to the scene for rescue operations,” Takumi Kumasaki told AFP. “They are carefully searching for missing residents, while at the same time noticing further landslides as heavy rains continue.”
More days of rain are expected in many parts of the country. Scientists say Climate crisis intensifies risk of heavy rains In Japan and elsewhere, because the warmer climate retains more water.
Yushi Adachi, a meteorological center official in Tokyo, told reporters that “it was raining like never before.” “Some kind of catastrophe is already likely to occur. Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least three places.”
A landslide in the central resort town of Atami caused by heavy rains last month has killed 23 people and left four missing.
In 2018, more than 200 people died in floods in western Japan during the country’s annual monsoon.
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