Men walk past cars upended by recent floods in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 10, 2020, after heavy rains and flooding devastated the region. [8] According to the staff at the home, they roused residents at 5 a.m. and shuffled them upstairs. This aerial photo shows the flooded area caused by the swollen Chikugo River, not seen in photo, in Kurume city, Fukuoka prefecture, southern Japan Wednesday, July 8, 2020… At its peak the rain was estimated to be falling at 100mm (4 inches) per hour at times and in some parts of the country record rainfall was measured with up to 381mm (15 inches) over six hours. 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Japan flooding: Fourteen dead in flooded care home - BBC News About 8,000 homes in Kumamoto and neighboring Kagoshima were without electricity, according to the Kyushu Electric Power Co. AMDA Emergency Relief #5: Flood Disaster in Kyushu, Japan (13 July 2020) [6] The Japan Meteorological Agency stated the amount of rain was record-breaking for the region and was never seen before. [17], The flooding has also disrupted economic activity in Kyushu, an important manufacturing area in Japan. [19][21], Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the creation of a special task force, dispatched 10,000 Japan Self-Defense Forces troops to the area, and vowed to rescue the missing. [13] Some 8,000 homes were left without power in Kumamoto and Kagoshima according to the Kyushu Electric Power Company. Last year, Typhoon Hagibis killed nearly 100 people, a year after more than 200 died in western Japan in the worst flooding in decades. [10], Changing of rain-fall distribution in Kumamoto Prefecture Japan faces flooding and mudslides, with more than a dozen people presumed dead. Volunteers from the local rafting association in Hitoyoshi used their rafts to rescue stranded residents in the flooded town. 40 dead in Japan floods, as more areas warned of heavy rain The death toll from three days of heavy rain and flooding in southern Japan has risen to 40, including 14 who drowned at a … [18] However, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in a statement on 6 July, said he did not expect major supply chain disruptions. Collection of 23 photos of flood damage. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. [10], Fourteen of the dead were residents in a flooded old age home in Kuma, Kumamoto. July 8, 2020 For more than a week, Japan has been battered by floods driven by torrential rains, spurring widespread evacuations and the deaths of … [19][20] Evacuees arriving at shelters had their temperatures checked, or were asked to go elsewhere so that social distancing could be maintained. Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, … [5], On 4 July 2020, heavy rain caused flooding in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. I could feel the vibrations from the churning water through the road next to the riverbank.”. By Lucy Craft July 9, 2020 / 6:58 AM / CBS News People clean up the … The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan’s main island, … July 5. Local residents and bereaved family members of victims held gatherings Monday to mark the second anniversary of massive flooding and mudslides triggered by torrential rain in western Japan that claimed 296 lives. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Heavy rains moved through parts of southern Japan on Saturday, leaving many houses, buildings and vehicles submerged. (Kyodo) Yukinobu Katsueda, chief priest at a Buddhist temple in Kuma, said, "I heard an enormous sound of water gushing in the middle of the night. [17], On 7 July, Japanese authorities warned that further heavy rains are expected in Kyushu. Flooding and mudslides have left as many as 50 people confirmed or presumed dead or missing in southern Japan. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. More than 40,000 rescue workers in the south-west were still … [11][12], Following overnight rains, authorities instructed more than 75,000 residents to evacuate in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. 55 Dead, a Dozen Missing in Japan Floods . [16][6][13], On the morning of 7 July, the Chikugo River overflowed in Hita, Ōita leading authorities to issue the highest level alert to residents. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. At 5 AM, local time (UTC+9) the Japan Meteorological Agency raised its heavy rain warning to its highest level of 3 in many parts of the prefectures, the first time it has ever done so for these areas. [2] Fourteen of the victims were residents of an old age home in Kuma, Kumamoto that was flooded. [14] In Kuma, Kumamoto, stranded residents were rescued by a rescue helicopter. The event is officially referred to as Reiwa ni-nen shichi-gatsu gōu (令和2年7月豪雨, "Heavy rain of July, Reiwa 2") by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Rescuers were still searching for the third person. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Severe flooding in Jakarta that's left swaths of the capital underwater has killed at least 30 people and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, according to Indonesia's disaster agency. 2020 Kyushu floods, at least fifteen dead in flooding in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, since the 2018 Japan floods. [6], The Kuma River overran its bank in eleven different locations and breached one levee. Dozens of people were left stranded on rooftops and more than 75,000 people were urged to evacuate from the Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures in western Japan, about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southwest of Tokyo, following the rain. Approximately 15,335 buildings have been destroyed, damaged or flooded. [4], The Kuma River basin had previously flooded in 1965. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a Level 5 alert for floods and landslides, ... An aerial view of the floods in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, 4 July 2020 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government would work closely with the prefectural governments to assess damage and aid recovery “while putting lives as their highest priority.”, He added: “There’s a possibility that heavy rain will continuously fall on the Kyushu region through (Sunday), so we must maintain our vigilance at the highest level.”, One woman told NHK: “It wasn't like normal rain. In Ashikita, six people were unaccounted for and a seventh was seriously injured, Kumamoto officials said. Coronavirus fear drives Japanese flooding victims to seek shelter in cars. The floods are Japan’s worst natural disaster since Typhoon Hagibis killed about 90 people in October. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. July 8, 2020 at 7:46 p.m. UTC Torrential, record-breaking rainstorms have deluged southern and central Japan since Friday, killing at least 58 … TOKYO (Reuters) - The death toll from floods and landslides unleashed by torrential rains on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu rose to 20 on Sunday, with 14 people missing, NHK public TV said. [3], Typhoons, storms, and heavy flooding have hit Japan hard in the years prior to 2020. Filed under floods , japan , mudslide , natural disasters , 7/6/20 Share this article: Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. [9] According to Kyodo News, 1.3 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes and there were 12 different landslide events. At least 17 people in Hitoyoshi died. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Fourteen of those known to have died were reportedly residents in the same care home. July 7, 2020 KOJI HARADA/KYODO NEWS VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS A man walked on a heavily damaged road following heavy rain in Kumamura, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan … Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a Level 5 alert for floods and landslides, its highest warning, for rain “never seen” before — the first time it has ever issued such an alert for the two prefectures, the Japan Times reports. Emergency services in western Japan were "racing against time" Tuesday to rescue people stranded by devastating floods and landslides that … # Carl Court / Getty Read more; An aerial …