Friday, July 06, 2018

'Historic' rain in Japan kills several, evacuates thousands

'Historic' rain in Japan
Several people have died and many are missing amid heavy rains, flooding and landslides in Japan, officials said Friday.


The "historic" rainfall will keep battering saturated parts of Japan through Sunday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

"I can't remember it ever raining this heavily. It feels like parts of Southeast Asia during the monsoon season," resident Junichi Wakamoto told The Japan Times.

Evacuation orders were issued for Kyoto, Nagaokakyo, Oyamazaki, Minoo, Hirakata and Takatsuki.

As many as 143,000 people were ordered to evacuate Kyoto prefecture and 9,700 others in Osaka prefecture due to an escalating risk of mudslides, officials said.

Several people have been swept away by mudslides or drowned due to the flooding.
  (UPI)
 6/7/18

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