Japan Meteorological Agency JMA has reported record rainfall north of Hiroshima and Kyushu.
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Warning in Japan. More than a million people have been asked to evacuate their homes in the wake of record-breaking floods and landslides in western Japan on Saturday, August 14. Authorities in Hiroshima and northern Kyushu have issued the highest alert for evictions.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency JMA said it was raining like never before in the region. Television footage shows people being rescued from boats on the submerged streets of the city of Krume (Fukuoka Province) as muddy waters began to overflow in the nearby province of Saga.
A 59-year-old woman has died and two members of her family are missing in Unsen, southwest of the country, according to a local athlete. Tagumi Kumasaki. More than 150 soldiers, police and firefighters have been dispatched to assist in the relief efforts, He explained. They are monitoring potential landslides and searching for missing persons as heavy rains continue.
Scientists say global climate change will increase the risk and intensity of extreme rainfall by retaining more water in warmer climates.
In early July, heavy rains caused a catastrophic landslide in the resort town of Atom, about 100 kilometers west of Tokyo, killing 23 people and leaving four missing. In July 2020, floods in southwestern Japan killed and disappeared more than 80 people.
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