Three individuals are reported to have died as heavy rains pound south-western Japan
Authorities have requested virtually a million individuals to evacuate, warning “unprecedented” ranges of rain fall may trigger the flooding of rivers, set off landslides and submerge homes.
“It’s a state of affairs the place it is best to do your finest to guard your lives,” the climate company stated.
Japan’s southern island of Kyushu has seen weeks of heavy winds and rain.
Authorities there had initially issued a stage 5 warning – the very best – and suggested greater than 800,000 individuals to depart their properties.
Two individuals are reported to have been drowned of their vehicles whereas one other man was swept away whereas escaping from his trapped automobile.
“We’re seeing unprecedented ranges of heavy rains in cities the place we issued particular warnings,” Yasushi Kajiwara of the Japan Meteorological Company had warned.
Afterward Wednesday, the flood warning was downgraded however meteorologists stated the hazard was not over, and torrential rain could hit the identical areas later within the day.
Evacuation orders and advisories aren’t necessary but authorities urge individuals to heed them and search security.
The rain affected the prefectures of Fukuoka, Saga and Nagasaki.
Earlier this summer season, Kyushu had already been hit by heavy rain, resulting in evacuation advisories for multiple million individuals.
Final July about 200 individuals died in western Japan within the nation’s worst flooding catastrophe in a long time.
It was the very best demise toll attributable to rainfall in Japan since 1982.