According to AP, in the Tsunagimachi district, two of three people buried underneath mudslides were pulled out without vital signs. Fourteen of those known to have died were reportedly residents in the same care home. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. [13] Some 8,000 homes were left without power in Kumamoto and Kagoshima according to the Kyushu Electric Power Company. [6][7] Kumamoto governor Ikuo Kabashima stated that scores were stranded after mud and floodwater gushed into the old age home. Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan’s main island, … [7] The rate of rainfall exceeded 100 millimeters (3.9 in) per hour. Flooding and mudslides have left as many as 50 people confirmed or presumed dead or missing in southern Japan. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. ... As floods … 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’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 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. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. 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… Japanese … More than 40,000 rescue workers in the south-west were still … The floods are Japan’s worst natural disaster since Typhoon Hagibis killed about 90 people in October. 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. 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. [4], The Kuma River basin had previously flooded in 1965. [17], The flooding has also disrupted economic activity in Kyushu, an important manufacturing area in Japan. 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. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. The staff was unable to rescue the deceased residents after water broke through the windows and the patients floated off the tables. Collection of 23 photos of flood damage. [7] In Tsunagi, Kumamoto, 2–3 people were pulled out of a landslide without signs of life. On the first floor, when water came into the building, they placed residents with wheelchairs on top of tables in the dining room. Last year, Typhoon Hagibis killed nearly 100 people, a year after more than 200 died in western Japan in the worst flooding in decades. 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. [13] Eight homes were swept away in Ashikita, Kumamoto. [4] According to a rescue volunteer, when they reached the old age home, the water was still on the first-floor level. More than 200,000 people were urged to evacuate their homes in Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures following torrential rain on 03 and 04 July. 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. Some evacuees chose to take refuge in their cars, while others stayed with friends. AMDA Emergency Relief #5: Flood Disaster in Kyushu, Japan (13 July 2020) [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. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Start your Independent Premium subscription today. 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. Severe flooding in Jakarta that's left swaths of the capital underwater has killed at least 30 people and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, according to Indonesia's disaster agency. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. 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. Tokyo (AP) -- Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of … Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Filed under floods , japan , mudslide , natural disasters , 7/6/20 Share this article: These climate events have killed hundreds of people, and expert analysis has stated global warming is a contributing cause. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. [13] Another 6,100 houses were estimated to be submerged, 11 bridges destroyed[15] and 4,700 buildings destroyed, damaged or flooded. [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. [11][12], Following overnight rains, authorities instructed more than 75,000 residents to evacuate in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima. • Photos: Deadly Flooding in Japan, The Atlantic, 8 July 2020. Flooding also cut off power and communication lines. July 5. 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. 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. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. The government said it was sending some 10,000 Defence Force personnel to the region. [18] However, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in a statement on 6 July, said he did not expect major supply chain disruptions. [6], The Kuma River overran its bank in eleven different locations and breached one levee. [2] Fourteen of the victims were residents of an old age home in Kuma, Kumamoto that was flooded. Emergency services in western Japan were "racing against time" Tuesday to rescue people stranded by devastating floods and landslides that … 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. Japan flooding: Fourteen dead in flooded care home - BBC News Heavy rains moved through parts of southern Japan on Saturday, leaving many houses, buildings and vehicles submerged. [14] In Kuma, Kumamoto, stranded residents were rescued by a rescue helicopter. 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, … You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Japan is bracing for more heavy rain after a weekend of flooding left at least 37 people dead. By Lucy Craft July 9, 2020 / 6:58 AM / CBS News People clean up the … 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 … [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. [9] According to Kyodo News, 1.3 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes and there were 12 different landslide events. 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. [10], Evacuees and local officials raised concerns regarding emergency shelter given the simultaneously ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. More than 75,000 residents were urged to evacuate. A fireman clears mud from a house that was destroyed by flooding on July 6, 2020 in Kuma, Japan. [19][20] Evacuees arriving at shelters had their temperatures checked, or were asked to go elsewhere so that social distancing could be maintained. [6] The Japan Meteorological Agency stated the amount of rain was record-breaking for the region and was never seen before. 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Men walk past cars upended by recent floods in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 10, 2020, after heavy rains and flooding devastated the region. [8] According to the staff at the home, they roused residents at 5 a.m. and shuffled them upstairs. At least 17 people in Hitoyoshi died. 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[10], Fourteen of the dead were residents in a flooded old age home in Kuma, Kumamoto. In Hitoyoshi city, rescuers transported some residents in a boat. 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. 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 … Japan faces flooding and mudslides, with more than a dozen people presumed dead. Approximately 15,335 buildings have been destroyed, damaged or flooded. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? [8] On 7 July, the number of deployed SDF troops was doubled to 80,000. [13] 203,200 residents were instructed to shelter in place, and 109 shelters were opened in the region. 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