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Mogami River overflows following record downpour in Yamagata, Japan


Parts of the Yamagata Prefecture in Japan recorded more than 200 mm (8 inches) of rain in a 24-hour period to Tuesday, July 28, 2020. As a result, the Mogami River has overflowed, leaving residents on the highest alert.

In Nagai City, 206.5 mm (8.1 inches) of rain was recorded in the last 24 hours, which was the highest since 1976, according to Japan's national broadcasting organization, NHK World.

Torrential rains resulted in the overflowing of Mogami River late Tuesday. Residents were advised to be on the highest alert as the country's meteorological agency issued a caution for mudslides and flooding.

Meanwhile, in the nearby Niigata Prefecture, 36 mm (1.4 inches) of rain fell in an hour up to 10:00 UTC (19:00 LT) in Uonuma City.

A landslide warning is in force for Yamagata, Nagano, and Gifu. Meanwhile, up to 120 mm (4.7 inches) of rain is forecast in Kyushu, southwestern Japan, and 80 mm (3 inches) in central and eastern regions.

Featured image credit: NHK World News/Twitter


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