Record rains hit Japan, 1.2 million under evacuation advisory

Record rains hit Japan, 1.2 million under evacuation advisory

Evacuation advisories were issued to 1.2 million people on July 1, 2019, as heavy rains caused by seasonal rain front hit Kyushu region in Southwest Japan and other areas, killing one person. 

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Kagoshima's Kirishima received 241.5 mm (9.5 inches) in just six hours while Hioki registered 233 mm (9.17 inches) during the same period - record-high rainfall for both locations. Hioki received 83 mm (3.2 inches) in just one hour.

6 000 residents were placed under evacuation orders on July 1 in Ichikikushikino, Kagoshima Prefecture, and 1.21 million in Miyazaki, Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures under an evacuation advisory.

Excessive rainfall has already caused large landslides and disrupted traffic.

One 78-year old woman was killed when her home was hit by a landslide in Honjo town in Kagoshima prefecture. 

Train services in Kyushu were suspended and expressway sections on the island were closed.

JMA is calling for people to be on their guard against landslides, flooding in low-lying areas, lightning and other extreme weather in the days ahead.

Featured image credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA. Acquired: 21:20 UTC on July 1, 2019.

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