Evacuation Orders Issued in Rain-Hit Southwestern Japan

Society

Tokyo, July 3 (Jiji Press)--Evacuation orders were issued to some 798,000 people in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kagoshima Wednesday due to torrential rain caused by a seasonal rain front.

The orders affect a total of 373,483 households in the cities of Kagoshima, Kirishima and Aira.

Sediment disaster warnings have been issued for almost all areas of Kagoshima Prefecture and parts of neighboring Kumamoto and Miyazaki prefectures. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of landslides and floods.

Rainfall of 50.5 millimeters in the hour to 8:45 a.m. (11:45 p.m. Tuesday GMT) hit the Kagoshima city of Kanoya. In Ebino in Miyazaki Prefecture, cumulative rainfall from Friday topped 900 millimeters.

With the rain front forecast to become more active, heavy rain may continue through Thursday night in the Kyushu region that includes the three southern prefectures.

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