Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead hampered search and rescue operations Sunday in southern Japan, … A fireman clears mud from a house that was destroyed by flooding on July 6, 2020 in Kuma, Japan. These climate events have killed hundreds of people, and expert analysis has stated global warming is a contributing cause. The government said it was sending some 10,000 Defence Force personnel to the region. TV broadcasts showed footage of houses swept away by mudslides in the city of Ashikita, and cars submerged to their windows and residential areas swamped beneath muddy water in the city of Hitoyoshi. [5], On 4 July 2020, heavy rain caused flooding in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. The mountainous terrain of Japan places it at risk for flooding and landslides. In Hitoyoshi city, rescuers transported some residents in a boat. Coronavirus fear drives Japanese flooding victims to seek shelter in cars. AMDA Emergency Relief #5: Flood Disaster in Kyushu, Japan (13 July 2020) The rescue personnel managed to rescue residents who had made it up to the second floor but were unable to reach those left below. [19][21], Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the creation of a special task force, dispatched 10,000 Japan Self-Defense Forces troops to the area, and vowed to rescue the missing. According to AP, in the Tsunagimachi district, two of three people buried underneath mudslides were pulled out without vital signs. Record heavy rain in Japan has triggered massive floods and landslides, forcing authorities to issue evacuation orders for more than 76,000 residents Collection of 23 photos of flood damage. [17], On 7 July, Japanese authorities warned that further heavy rains are expected in Kyushu. On the first floor, when water came into the building, they placed residents with wheelchairs on top of tables in the dining room. [13] Eight homes were swept away in Ashikita, Kumamoto. The death toll from floods and landslides unleashed by torrential rains on Japan's southern island of Kyushu has risen to 20, with 14 people missing, according to public broadcaster NHK. Local residents and bereaved family members of victims held gatherings Monday to mark the second anniversary of massive flooding and mudslides triggered by torrential rain in western Japan that claimed 296 lives. Volunteers from the local rafting association in Hitoyoshi used their rafts to rescue stranded residents in the flooded town. Japan Self-Defense Force (SDF) carry out flood rescues in Kuma, Kumamoto, Japan, July 2020. Men walk past cars upended by recent floods in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 10, 2020, after heavy rains and flooding devastated the region. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? (Kyodo) Kyushu Electric Power Co. said about 4,000 homes in the prefecture continued to be without electricity as of Monday afternoon. [18] However, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in a statement on 6 July, said he did not expect major supply chain disruptions. (Kyodo) Yukinobu Katsueda, chief priest at a Buddhist temple in Kuma, said, "I heard an enormous sound of water gushing in the middle of the night. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Flooding in Kyushu has forced about 3 million residents to evacuate. Flooding also cut off power and communication lines. 40 dead in Japan floods, as more areas warned of heavy rain The death toll from three days of heavy rain and flooding in southern Japan has risen to 40, including 14 who drowned at a … Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a Level 5 alert for floods and landslides, ... An aerial view of the floods in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, 4 July 2020 [10], Evacuees and local officials raised concerns regarding emergency shelter given the simultaneously ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. [6] The Japan Meteorological Agency stated the amount of rain was record-breaking for the region and was never seen before. More than 75,000 residents were urged to evacuate. [9] According to Kyodo News, 1.3 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes and there were 12 different landslide events. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Dozens of people were left stranded on rooftops and more than 75,000 people were urged to evacuate from the Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures in western Japan, about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southwest of Tokyo, following the rain. Heavy rains moved through parts of southern Japan on Saturday, leaving many houses, buildings and vehicles submerged. [8] On 7 July, the number of deployed SDF troops was doubled to 80,000. 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Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan’s main island, … Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. [1] As a result of flooding and landslides, 77 people were confirmed dead (includes 1 death due to cardiopulmonary arrest) and approximately seven are missing. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. [13] Another 6,100 houses were estimated to be submerged, 11 bridges destroyed[15] and 4,700 buildings destroyed, damaged or flooded. [3], A dike was breached near the town of Hitoyoshi, normally known for its hot springs and boating, which was flooded by the Kuma River. [4], The Kuma River basin had previously flooded in 1965. Last year, Typhoon Hagibis killed nearly 100 people, a year after more than 200 died in western Japan in the worst flooding in decades. 2020 Kyushu floods, at least fifteen dead in flooding in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, since the 2018 Japan floods. Government sends 10,000 troops to southwest of the country where extreme levels of rain have been recorded, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. July 5. Japanese … [10], Changing of rain-fall distribution in Kumamoto Prefecture Japan floods leave dozens dead, including nursing home residents ... Sun 5 Jul 2020 05.57 EDT First published on Sat 4 Jul 2020 07.42 EDT. Japan faces flooding and mudslides, with more than a dozen people presumed dead. [7] In Tsunagi, Kumamoto, 2–3 people were pulled out of a landslide without signs of life. July 8, 2020 at 7:46 p.m. UTC Torrential, record-breaking rainstorms have deluged southern and central Japan since Friday, killing at least 58 … Fourteen of those known to have died were reportedly residents in the same care home. The staff was unable to rescue the deceased residents after water broke through the windows and the patients floated off the tables. I could feel the vibrations from the churning water through the road next to the riverbank.”. [6], The Kuma River overran its bank in eleven different locations and breached one levee. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. Areas are inundated in muddy waters that gushed out from the Kuma River in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 4, … July 7, 2020 KOJI HARADA/KYODO NEWS VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS A man walked on a heavily damaged road following heavy rain in Kumamura, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan … Rescuers are searching for 14 people missing after floods hit the Kumamoto region on Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu About 34 people are either confirmed or … [14] In Kuma, Kumamoto, stranded residents were rescued by a rescue helicopter. Flooding and mudslides have left as many as 50 people confirmed or presumed dead or missing in southern Japan. Rescuers were still searching for the third person. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. [16][6][13], On the morning of 7 July, the Chikugo River overflowed in Hita, Ōita leading authorities to issue the highest level alert to residents. More than 200,000 people were urged to evacuate their homes in Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures following torrential rain on 03 and 04 July. Tokyo (AP) -- Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of … Aside from Hokkaido, the entire country is subject to the East Asian rainy season, known as Tsuyu (梅雨), during the early part of summer. The event is officially referred to as Reiwa ni-nen shichi-gatsu gōu (令和2年7月豪雨, "Heavy rain of July, Reiwa 2") by the Japan Meteorological Agency. In the mountainous village of Kuma, residents stranded at their homes were being airlifted by a rescue helicopter. Jul 25, 2020 The Meteorological Agency is warning that floods and landslides might hit western and eastern Japan this weekend as a rain front and … [10], Fourteen of the dead were residents in a flooded old age home in Kuma, Kumamoto. This aerial photo shows the flooded area caused by the swollen Chikugo River, not seen in photo, in Kurume city, Fukuoka prefecture, southern Japan Wednesday, July 8, 2020… Authorities received over 100 rescue calls but could not respond to all of them immediately, NHK - Japan's national broadcaster - said. TOKYO (Reuters) - The death toll from floods and landslides unleashed by torrential rains on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu rose to 20 on Sunday, with 14 people missing, NHK public TV said. Companies including Toyota, Canon, and Panasonic temporarily halted production in the area as a precaution for employee safety. Photo taken July 4, 2020, shows an inundated street in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture, on July 4, 2020, after torrential rain in southwestern Japan. The floods are Japan’s worst natural disaster since Typhoon Hagibis killed about 90 people in October. Its course begins in the mountain range in Kyushu, and runs through Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto; Kuma, Kumamoto; and Yatsushiro, Kumamoto before it discharges into the Yatsushiro Sea. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? July 8, 2020 For more than a week, Japan has been battered by floods driven by torrential rains, spurring widespread evacuations and the deaths of … I honestly never imagined it could be so powerful.“, A man said: “The smell of the river and the muddy water was intense. At 5 AM, local time (UTC+9) the Japan Meteorological Agency raised its heavy rain warning to its highest level of 3 in many parts of the prefectures, the first time it has ever done so for these areas. About 8,000 homes in Kumamoto and neighboring Kagoshima were without electricity, according to the Kyushu Electric Power Co. [13] 203,200 residents were instructed to shelter in place, and 109 shelters were opened in the region. Approximately 15,335 buildings have been destroyed, damaged or flooded. At least 15 people in Japan are feared dead, nine are missing and one person was seriously injured on Saturday after unprecedented heavy rain fell overnight triggering floods and landslides. [13][4] On 5 July 2020, it was reported that 40,000 Self-Defense troops, Coast Guard sailors, and firemen were deployed in the rescue operation. [13] Some 8,000 homes were left without power in Kumamoto and Kagoshima according to the Kyushu Electric Power Company. 55 Dead, a Dozen Missing in Japan Floods . One of three major rapids in Japan, the Kuma is a 115-kilometer-long (71 mi) class A river. [8], As of 9 July 2020, 60 people are confirmed dead and approximately a dozen are reported missing. [11][12], Following overnight rains, authorities instructed more than 75,000 residents to evacuate in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima. Japan flooding: Fourteen dead in flooded care home - BBC News # Carl Court / Getty Read more; An aerial … [17], The flooding has also disrupted economic activity in Kyushu, an important manufacturing area in Japan. ... As floods … By Lucy Craft July 9, 2020 / 6:58 AM / CBS News People clean up the … [8] According to the staff at the home, they roused residents at 5 a.m. and shuffled them upstairs. Emergency services in western Japan were "racing against time" Tuesday to rescue people stranded by devastating floods and landslides that … [19][20] Evacuees arriving at shelters had their temperatures checked, or were asked to go elsewhere so that social distancing could be maintained. Some evacuees chose to take refuge in their cars, while others stayed with friends. 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In Ashikita, six people were unaccounted for and a seventh was seriously injured, Kumamoto officials said. [6][7] Kumamoto governor Ikuo Kabashima stated that scores were stranded after mud and floodwater gushed into the old age home. Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a Level 5 alert for floods and landslides, its highest warning, for rain “never seen” before — the first time it has ever issued such an alert for the two prefectures, the Japan Times reports. [4] According to a rescue volunteer, when they reached the old age home, the water was still on the first-floor level. [2] Fourteen of the victims were residents of an old age home in Kuma, Kumamoto that was flooded. At its peak the rain was estimated to be falling at 100mm (4 inches) per hour at times and in some parts of the country record rainfall was measured with up to 381mm (15 inches) over six hours. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. The 2020 Kyushu floods were a series of floods in July 2020 brought on record-breaking heavy rain hit the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu on 4 July 2020 in the middle of the East Asian rainy season. [3], Typhoons, storms, and heavy flooding have hit Japan hard in the years prior to 2020. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. More than 40,000 rescue workers in the south-west were still … Japan is bracing for more heavy rain after a weekend of flooding left at least 37 people dead. At least 17 people in Hitoyoshi died. 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