Special Heavy Rain Warnings Issued in Southwestern Japan

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Tokyo, July 20 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Meteorological Agency on Saturday morning issued special heavy rain warnings for the Goto Islands and the island of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, due partly to powerful Typhoon Danas.

The special warnings were issued after some areas in the prefecture, part of the Kyushu region, experienced the heaviest rainfalls in 50 years on the day, because of the fifth typhoon of this year and moist air near a high pressure system.

The agency urged local people to take utmost caution against landslides and floods at least until Saturday evening. Evacuation orders were issued for a total of 20,000 households in the city of Goto and other areas.

At a press conference, Yasushi Kajihara, chief of the agency's Forecast Division, said that locals need to do their best to protect their lives.

The town of Shinkamigoto saw rainfall of 72.5 millimeters in the hour until around 5:50 a.m. Saturday (8:50 p.m. Friday GMT). Hourly rainfall reached some 110 millimeters in areas near Mitsushima in the city of Tsushima and the city of Goto.

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