Japan: 22 killed, 240,000 evacuated in ongoing Kyushu storms – Published 14 July 2012 1752 GMT/UTC

“Some 240,000 people from about 85,000 households in Kyushu were told to evacuate as storms that have already killed 22 people continued to dump more rain on the region Saturday, local authorities said.

The orders were issued in four of Kyushu’s seven prefectures — Fukuoka, Saga, Kumamoto and Oita. The police, meanwhile, have launched searches for seven missing people in Oita and Kumamoto.

In Fukuoka Prefecture alone, around 190,000 people from 65,000 households were ordered to evacuate, including from the cities of Yanagawa and Miyama. At one point, all residents in Yanagawa were instructed to evacuate, although the order was later lifted in some areas.

In the city of Yame, three people were hit by landslides early Saturday. Two were rescued but an 83-year-old woman was missing, police said.

“I’ve been living here for 60 years, but I’ve never experienced this before,” Yame resident Tsuneo Otsu, 63, said as he tried to push muddy water out of his house.

In Hita, Oita Prefecture, Gov. Katsusada Hirose requested help from the Ground Self-Defense Force as police attempted to verify a report that a vehicle had been swept away.

Meanwhile, the Yamakunigawa River in the city of Nakatsu and the Kagetsugawa River in Hita both overran their banks.

The Meteorological Agency issued warnings for landslides and flooding rivers, saying the heavy downpours could hit parts of northern Kyushu as well.

According to radar data, the town of Soeda in Fukuoka Prefecture was inundated by 90 mm of rain in just an hour through around 5:30 a.m., while Hita received 85 mm of precipitation between roughly 6:15 and 7:15 a.m.

Yame, Ukiha and Chikugo in Fukuoka Prefecture all set new local records with hourly precipitation of 110 mm that ended at about 6:30 a.m.

In Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, more than 730 mm of rain has fallen since Wednesday, surpassing the city’s average of 570 mm for July.

In the three days through 11:20 a.m. Saturday, cumulative rainfall totaled some 780 mm in Aso, 650 mm in Yame and 600 mm in Hita, with as much as 150 mm more forecast to fall in a 24-hour period ending noon Sunday.

A powerful seasonal rain front hovering over wide areas of Japan is also causing sporadic torrential rain in eastern and central regions.” – japantimes.co.jp

“The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of more landslides and floods on the main southern island of Kyushu as rainfall of up to 11 centimetres per hour was recorded early on Saturday.

The agency warned that rainfall of up to 80 millimetres per hour could hit parts of northern Kyushu later in the day.

Evacuation orders had been issued to about 240,000 people in the north of Kyushu where more rivers burst their banks, public broadcaster NHK and Jiji Press news agency reported, compiling figures from various authorities.” – Al Jazeera


福岡、佐賀、熊本、大分 – 注文は九州7県の4人に発行された。警察は、一方、大分と熊本の7行方不明者の検索を開始した。


八女市で、三人は、早期土曜日土砂崩れに襲われた。 2つは救助されましたが、83歳の女性が行方不明になったと、警察は言いました。

彼は家から濁った水を押し出すしようとした “私は60年間ここに住んでていましたが、私は前にこれを経験したことがありません、”八女市居住恒夫大津、63、と述べた。








日本の広い領域にわたってホバリング強力な梅雨前線はまた、東部および中部地域で散発的な豪雨を引き起こしている ” – 。japantimes.co.jp




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