Victims of 2017 Northern Kyushu Rains Remembered
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Asakura, Fukuoka Pref., July 5 (Jiji Press)--A memorial service was held in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture, on Friday to mourn the victims of a massive rain disaster that hit the northern Kyushu region in southwestern Japan two years ago.
The heavy downpours on July 5-6, 2017, left a total of 40 people dead in Fukuoka and neighboring Oita Prefecture, including 34 victims in Asakura alone. Two others remain unaccounted for.
"We have to live strong while keeping in mind those who lost their lives after advising us to evacuate immediately," Mutsuto Ito, community leader in the city's Masue district, said in a speech during the service.
"It's our duty to rebuild a peaceful and nature-rich community as early as possible," Ito stressed.
Participants in the service, including Fukuoka Governor Hiroshi Ogawa, offered silent prayers and laid flowers.
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