Authorities received over 100 rescue calls but could not respond to all of them immediately, NHK - Japan's national broadcaster - said. AMDA Emergency Relief #5: Flood Disaster in Kyushu, Japan (13 July 2020) The mountainous terrain of Japan places it at risk for flooding and landslides. ... As floods … Start your Independent Premium subscription today. [13] 203,200 residents were instructed to shelter in place, and 109 shelters were opened in the region. 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. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Filed under floods , japan , mudslide , natural disasters , 7/6/20 Share this article: 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. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. # Carl Court / Getty Read more; An aerial … [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. [17], On 7 July, Japanese authorities warned that further heavy rains are expected in Kyushu. According to AP, in the Tsunagimachi district, two of three people buried underneath mudslides were pulled out without vital signs. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? A fireman clears mud from a house that was destroyed by flooding on July 6, 2020 in Kuma, Japan. [10], Evacuees and local officials raised concerns regarding emergency shelter given the simultaneously ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. [7] The rate of rainfall exceeded 100 millimeters (3.9 in) per hour. On the first floor, when water came into the building, they placed residents with wheelchairs on top of tables in the dining room. 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, … 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. Approximately 15,335 buildings have been destroyed, damaged or flooded. 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. • Photos: Deadly Flooding in Japan, The Atlantic, 8 July 2020. 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. More than 40,000 rescue workers in the south-west were still … Flooding and mudslides have left as many as 50 people confirmed or presumed dead or missing in southern Japan. Men walk past cars upended by recent floods in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture on July 10, 2020, after heavy rains and flooding devastated the region. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. [10], Fourteen of the dead were residents in a flooded old age home in Kuma, Kumamoto. 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 … 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. [8] According to the staff at the home, they roused residents at 5 a.m. and shuffled them upstairs. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Japan Self-Defense Force (SDF) carry out flood rescues in Kuma, Kumamoto, Japan, July 2020. [6][7] Kumamoto governor Ikuo Kabashima stated that scores were stranded after mud and floodwater gushed into the old age home. July 5. More than 200,000 people were urged to evacuate their homes in Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures following torrential rain on 03 and 04 July. [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. [4], The Kuma River basin had previously flooded in 1965. 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. 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. One of three major rapids in Japan, the Kuma is a 115-kilometer-long (71 mi) class A river. [9] According to Kyodo News, 1.3 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes and there were 12 different landslide events. 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Rescuers were still searching for the third person. 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 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. [18] However, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in a statement on 6 July, said he did not expect major supply chain disruptions. [6] The Japan Meteorological Agency stated the amount of rain was record-breaking for the region and was never seen before. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? [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. Japan is bracing for more heavy rain after a weekend of flooding left at least 37 people dead. Tokyo (AP) -- Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of … [13] Eight homes were swept away in Ashikita, Kumamoto. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Last year, Typhoon Hagibis killed nearly 100 people, a year after more than 200 died in western Japan in the worst flooding in decades. The floods are Japan’s worst natural disaster since Typhoon Hagibis killed about 90 people in October. Some evacuees chose to take refuge in their cars, while others stayed with friends. Emergency services in western Japan were "racing against time" Tuesday to rescue people stranded by devastating floods and landslides that … [8] On 7 July, the number of deployed SDF troops was doubled to 80,000. 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. Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan’s main island, … Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Coronavirus fear drives Japanese flooding victims to seek shelter in cars. 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 [13] Some 8,000 homes were left without power in Kumamoto and Kagoshima according to the Kyushu Electric Power Company. 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. Areas are inundated in muddy waters that gushed out from the Kuma River in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 4, … The government said it was sending some 10,000 Defence Force personnel to the region. Flooding also cut off power and communication lines. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. I could feel the vibrations from the churning water through the road next to the riverbank.”. In the mountainous village of Kuma, residents stranded at their homes were being airlifted by a rescue helicopter. Volunteers from the local rafting association in Hitoyoshi used their rafts to rescue stranded residents in the flooded town. 2020 Kyushu floods, at least fifteen dead in flooding in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, since the 2018 Japan floods. [5], On 4 July 2020, heavy rain caused flooding in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu. [2] Fourteen of the victims were residents of an old age home in Kuma, Kumamoto that was flooded. 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. [17], The flooding has also disrupted economic activity in Kyushu, an important manufacturing area in Japan. 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. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? More than 75,000 residents were urged to evacuate. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. [3], Typhoons, storms, and heavy flooding have hit Japan hard in the years prior to 2020. (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. [19] These measures follow recommendations created the previous month in June when government officials anticipated a possible "double disaster" of flooding and disease transmission. 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 … 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. By Lucy Craft July 9, 2020 / 6:58 AM / CBS News People clean up the … The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. 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 … Heavy rains moved through parts of southern Japan on Saturday, leaving many houses, buildings and vehicles submerged. 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 … Fourteen of those known to have died were reportedly residents in the same care home. In Ashikita, six people were unaccounted for and a seventh was seriously injured, Kumamoto officials said. [4] According to a rescue volunteer, when they reached the old age home, the water was still on the first-floor level. At least 17 people in Hitoyoshi died. [11][12], Following overnight rains, authorities instructed more than 75,000 residents to evacuate in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima. 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. [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. Japan flooding: Fourteen dead in flooded care home - BBC News You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. 55 Dead, a Dozen Missing in Japan Floods . The rescue personnel managed to rescue residents who had made it up to the second floor but were unable to reach those left below. These climate events have killed hundreds of people, and expert analysis has stated global warming is a contributing cause. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Its course begins in the mountain range in Kyushu, and runs through Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto; Kuma, Kumamoto; and Yatsushiro, Kumamoto before it discharges into the Yatsushiro Sea. [19][20] Evacuees arriving at shelters had their temperatures checked, or were asked to go elsewhere so that social distancing could be maintained. [16][6][13], On the morning of 7 July, the Chikugo River overflowed in Hita, Ōita leading authorities to issue the highest level alert to residents. 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[10], Changing of rain-fall distribution in Kumamoto Prefecture 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. I honestly never imagined it could be so powerful.“, A man said: “The smell of the river and the muddy water was intense. Flooding in Kyushu has forced about 3 million residents to evacuate. [8], As of 9 July 2020, 60 people are confirmed dead and approximately a dozen are reported missing. 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. In Hitoyoshi city, rescuers transported some residents in a boat. 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 … [13] Another 6,100 houses were estimated to be submerged, 11 bridges destroyed[15] and 4,700 buildings destroyed, damaged or flooded. 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. Japan faces flooding and mudslides, with more than a dozen people presumed dead. (Kyodo) Kyushu Electric Power Co. said about 4,000 homes in the prefecture continued to be without electricity as of Monday afternoon. [14] In Kuma, Kumamoto, stranded residents were rescued by a rescue helicopter. [6], The Kuma River overran its bank in eleven different locations and breached one levee. Companies including Toyota, Canon, and Panasonic temporarily halted production in the area as a precaution for employee safety. [7] In Tsunagi, Kumamoto, 2–3 people were pulled out of a landslide without signs of life. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. 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 … About 8,000 homes in Kumamoto and neighboring Kagoshima were without electricity, according to the Kyushu Electric Power Co. Record heavy rain in Japan has triggered massive floods and landslides, forcing authorities to issue evacuation orders for more than 76,000 residents Raised concerns regarding emergency shelter given the simultaneously ongoing COVID-19 pandemic rains moved through parts of Japan... 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