Tokyo (July 8, 2017): Heavy rains and floods claimed six lives in southern Japanese island of Kyushu. Whereas 20 other people were still missing, said officials.
More than 12,000 personnel have been conscripted to help with the relief effort, digging through piles of splintered wood and mud in the wake of freak rains that forced nearly 80,000 from their homes.
The Government said six people had died and 20 remained unaccounted for as rain continued to fall over northern Kyushu on Friday, amid warnings of further landslides.
Parts of Fukuoka, on the south-western island of Kyushu, were hit by 593 millimetres of rain in the 48 hours to 9:00am on Friday (local time), well over the rainfall of a usual July, the meteorological agency said.
About 500 people were rescued yesterday when rivers across the region broke their banks and landslides cut off roads. They said 1,100 people were still isolated on Friday and that Japan’s military was transporting food and medical supplies wherever they could.
Large boulders and uprooted trees littered the landscape as thousands of soldiers, police officers and firefighters waded through debris and mud to reach several hundred people cut off by landslides.
Fukuoka and neighbouring Oita, the hardest hit by the rain, are both largely rural prefectures but rivers were also rising in the city of Kitakyushu, which has a population of some 950,000, and issued evacuation orders for several districts.