World · August 6, 2022

Heavy rains continue to hit Japan causing floods, evacuations and security problems

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Japan continued to receive heavy rains, resulting in flooding, thousands of evacuations and missing people.

On Thursday, the Japan Times reported that around 540,000 people living in the Tohoku and Hokuriku regions had to evacuate.

Footage from Japan Broadcasting Corporation, NHK, showed flooded houses, covered cars, and streets filled with water and mud.

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Heavy rains in Japan forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

Heavy rains in Japan forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.
(AP)

Evacuation notices have been issued in Yamagata, Niigata, Aomori, Iwate, Fukushima and Ishikawa.

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Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno spoke at a press conference this week stating that some 1,900 families have lost electricity and 380 have experienced water supply disruptions.

In addition to the hundreds of thousands who have had to evacuate, there are also at least three missing.

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In Yamagata, the Japan Times reported that there was 100 to 120mm hourly rainfall and 227mm and 273mm were seen in 24 hours in Oguni and Iide. In just one hour, Sekikawa, a village in Niigata, recorded 149 mm of rain on Thursday.