About 8,000 homes in Kumamoto and neighboring Kagoshima were without electricity, according to the Kyushu Electric Power Co. Fourteen of those known to have died were reportedly residents in the same care home. 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 … Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. 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. One of three major rapids in Japan, the Kuma is a 115-kilometer-long (71 mi) class A river. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Heavy rains moved through parts of southern Japan on Saturday, leaving many houses, buildings and vehicles submerged. 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 These climate events have killed hundreds of people, and expert analysis has stated global warming is a contributing cause. 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. • Photos: Deadly Flooding in Japan, The Atlantic, 8 July 2020. I honestly never imagined it could be so powerful.“, A man said: “The smell of the river and the muddy water was intense. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. 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 … (Kyodo) Kyushu Electric Power Co. said about 4,000 homes in the prefecture continued to be without electricity as of Monday afternoon. Authorities received over 100 rescue calls but could not respond to all of them immediately, NHK - Japan's national broadcaster - said. [6][7] Kumamoto governor Ikuo Kabashima stated that scores were stranded after mud and floodwater gushed into the old age home. [8] On 7 July, the number of deployed SDF troops was doubled to 80,000. 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. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government would work closely with the prefectural governments to assess damage and aid recovery “while putting lives as their highest priority.”, He added: “There’s a possibility that heavy rain will continuously fall on the Kyushu region through (Sunday), so we must maintain our vigilance at the highest level.”, One woman told NHK: “It wasn't like normal rain. Japan is bracing for more heavy rain after a weekend of flooding left at least 37 people dead. [3], Typhoons, storms, and heavy flooding have hit Japan hard in the years prior to 2020. 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. 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. Japan faces flooding and mudslides, with more than a dozen people presumed dead. 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 … [6], The Kuma River overran its bank in eleven different locations and breached one levee. [4], The Kuma River basin had previously flooded in 1965. At least 17 people in Hitoyoshi died. 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, … [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. [6] The Japan Meteorological Agency stated the amount of rain was record-breaking for the region and was never seen before. The floods are Japan’s worst natural disaster since Typhoon Hagibis killed about 90 people in October. [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. More than 75,000 residents were urged to evacuate. [18] However, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in a statement on 6 July, said he did not expect major supply chain disruptions. Record heavy rain in Japan has triggered massive floods and landslides, forcing authorities to issue evacuation orders for more than 76,000 residents Flooding in Kyushu has forced about 3 million residents to evacuate. Flooding and mudslides have left as many as 50 people confirmed or presumed dead or missing in southern Japan. Companies including Toyota, Canon, and Panasonic temporarily halted production in the area as a precaution for employee safety. [4] According to a rescue volunteer, when they reached the old age home, the water was still on the first-floor level. July 5. [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. In Hitoyoshi city, rescuers transported some residents in a boat. The mountainous terrain of Japan places it at risk for flooding and landslides. On the first floor, when water came into the building, they placed residents with wheelchairs on top of tables in the dining room. [13] Another 6,100 houses were estimated to be submerged, 11 bridges destroyed[15] and 4,700 buildings destroyed, damaged or flooded. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. (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. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? 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. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Some evacuees chose to take refuge in their cars, while others stayed with friends. [10], Evacuees and local officials raised concerns regarding emergency shelter given the simultaneously ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? [7] In Tsunagi, Kumamoto, 2–3 people were pulled out of a landslide without signs of life. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. 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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… 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. Photo taken July 4, 2020, shows an inundated street in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture, on July 4, 2020, after torrential rain in southwestern Japan. [14] In Kuma, Kumamoto, stranded residents were rescued by a rescue helicopter. Collection of 23 photos of flood damage. Filed under floods , japan , mudslide , natural disasters , 7/6/20 Share this article: [10], Changing of rain-fall distribution in Kumamoto Prefecture You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. [13] 203,200 residents were instructed to shelter in place, and 109 shelters were opened in the region. Rescuers were still searching for the third person. Coronavirus fear drives Japanese flooding victims to seek shelter in cars. [8], As of 9 July 2020, 60 people are confirmed dead and approximately a dozen are reported missing. [2] Fourteen of the victims were residents of an old age home in Kuma, Kumamoto that was flooded. More than 40,000 rescue workers in the south-west were still … [19] These measures follow recommendations created the previous month in June when government officials anticipated a possible "double disaster" of flooding and disease transmission. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. [17], On 7 July, Japanese authorities warned that further heavy rains are expected in Kyushu. 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. Emergency services in western Japan were "racing against time" Tuesday to rescue people stranded by devastating floods and landslides that … 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. [9] According to Kyodo News, 1.3 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes and there were 12 different landslide events. More than 200,000 people were urged to evacuate their homes in Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures following torrential rain on 03 and 04 July. I could feel the vibrations from the churning water through the road next to the riverbank.”. The staff was unable to rescue the deceased residents after water broke through the windows and the patients floated off the tables. [17], The flooding has also disrupted economic activity in Kyushu, an important manufacturing area in Japan. Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan’s main island, … [8] According to the staff at the home, they roused residents at 5 a.m. and shuffled them upstairs. People rest at a temporary evacuation center in the flood-ravaged city of Hitoyoshi in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on July 6, 2020, after deadly torrential rain. A fireman clears mud from a house that was destroyed by flooding on July 6, 2020 in Kuma, Japan. The government said it was sending some 10,000 Defence Force personnel to the region. 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. 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. 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