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Japan. Such downpours have never been recorded there. One person is dead

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Parts of Japan are struggling with record-breaking downpours. The most difficult situation is in the south-western part of the country, where there are warnings against flooding and landslides. At least one person has died as a result of the storm, according to local media.

An active weather front has been moving through Japan since Thursday, bringing with it heavy rainfall. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported that historical records were broken in Yamaguchi prefecture and northern Kyushu on Saturday. In the city of Yamaguchi, 289 liters of precipitation fell per square meter in 24 hours, and in Kunimi – 249.5 l/sq m.

The front still holds

Record rainfall flooded some cities and towns, such as Sanyo-Onoda in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The river Asa overflowed its banks, flooding houses and roads. According to local media, a resident of the region died as a result of flooding, and at least one person is still being sought.

The city of Sanyo-Onoda after record-breaking downpoursReuters/Tatsuya Furukawa

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The city of Sanyo-Onoda after record-breaking downpoursReuters/Tatsuya Furukawa

Dangerous situation

On Sunday, the front moved over Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu, bringing further downpours, and on Monday it could bring even heavier rainfall. The JMA warns that the risk of landslides is increasing on the island. As meteorologists explain, landslides can occur even after the rain has stopped, and river levels can continue to rise. The JMA urged residents to follow evacuation orders.

The city of Sanyo-Onoda after record-breaking downpoursReuters/Tatsuya Furukawa

Reuters, NHK, tvnmeteo.pl

Main photo source: Reuters/Tatsuya Furukawa



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