Japan Braces for More Floods as Heavy Rains Expected

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Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Meteorological Agency is calling on residents in the parts of the country ravaged by powerful Typhoon Hagibis to take extra caution against floods as heavy rains are expected to strike the area again on Friday and Saturday.

The 19th typhoon of the season tore through central and eastern Japan last weekend, loosening the ground and causing levee breaches. The agency has lowered the standards for issuing flood warnings and advisories to deal with the vulnerability.

The warning comes as some 45,000 residents in the prefectures of Miyagi, Tochigi and Nagano are still under evacuation orders as of Friday morning, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. Nagano in central Japan had the largest number of such people, at 31,000, due to significant damages along the Chikuma River.

According to the land ministry, provisional levees have been set up on breached sections along the Chikuma River in the city of Nagano, along the Kuji River in Hitachiomiya, Ibaraki Prefecture in eastern Japan and along the Abukuma River in Sukagawa, Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan.

Construction on levees are under way in other locations such as along the Oppe River in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo. Provisional reconstructions of all 12 breached levees along seven nationally managed rivers are expected to be completed by the beginning of next week.

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