Evacuation Orders Issued for 1.09 M. People in Southwestern Japan

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Tokyo, July 3 (Jiji Press)--Evacuation orders were given to a total of 1.09 million people in Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures, both in the Kyushu southwestern Japan region, on Wednesday due to heavy rains caused by a seasonal rain front.

The orders were issued for nine municipalities in Kagoshima and the city of Nichinan in Miyazaki, according to sources including the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said that it may issue a special heavy rain warning as the torrential rain is expected to continue through Thursday morning.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Kagoshima prefectural government requested the dispatch of Self-Defense Forces troops.

The agency called on residents to be on alert for possible mudslides, flooding in low-lying areas and river flooding. Attention should also be paid for lightning strikes and wind gusts, the agency said.

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