Evacuation of 87,000 people due to flooding threat in Japan – media

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Evacuation of 87,000 people was announced in Kumamoto prefecture in southwestern Japan because of the risk of flooding, said Monday the NHK TV company. The evacuation of the entire population of Amakusa district, which includes the same-name city and its neighboring towns, was announced In Kumamoto Prefecture, according to RIA Novosti reports.

This was caused by the increased risk of flooding due to heavy rains. Only for one hour 70 millimeters of rain fell in the region on Monday morning. In Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Nagasaki prefecture and at Kyushu island 250 millimeters of rain fell yesterday. The Main Japanese Metrological Office warns of increased risks of floods, landslides, mountain avalanches. Kumamoto prefecture reports of landslides in residential areas.

At the end of last week in the city of Nagasaki there was detected the record number of rainfall per hour over the last 50 years – 96 millimeters. The heavy rains are expected to last in Kyushu until mid afternoon. 180 millimeters of rain is forecasted to fall in the north until Tuesday morning, in the south – about 120 millimeters.

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