Japan floods see ONE MILLION evacuated from their homes as 40 inches of rain triggers landslides

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ONE million people have fled to evacuation shelters as heavy rains triggered landslides and widespread flooding.

Some parts of southern Kyushu in Japan have received a month’s worth of rain since Friday – over 39.4 inches.

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In less than a week, Japan has seen a month’s worth of rain, resulting in the government urging people to protect their lives[/caption]

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Footage showed rivers filled with fast-moving brown water, but none had overflowed their banks as of Wednesday evening[/caption]

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Several small landslides were reported, including one that swept away two cars and damaged a pre-fabricated shed[/caption]

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Residents find shelter in an evacuation center in Kumamoto, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan[/caption]

Forecasters expect as much as 30 cm more rainfall in some areas by Thursday evening.

Evacuation orders were issued for 1.1 million residents of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures at the southern tip of Kyushu, NHK said. Some 930,000 more were advised to leave.

Only some 3,500 people had evacuated, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

“I live alone next to a river, and it’s scary to think of water rising,” one woman in an evacuation centre told NHK. Another person said the volume of rainfall was “terrible”.

Footage showed rivers filled with fast-moving brown water, but none had overflowed their banks as of Wednesday evening, although one low dike had broken and efforts were being made to repair it with sandbags.

Several small landslides were reported, including one that swept away two cars and damaged a pre-fabricated shed.

A mother and child in another car swept away by a landslide sustained minor injuries.

“The rain was just flowing all over the rice fields,” one woman told NHK.


A Twitter user posted a photo of a road covered with brown water. “Whoa, the road I take to work is a mess,” the user wrote.

In Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said residents should “take steps to protect their lives, including early evacuation,” and he ordered the military to prepare for rescue operations.

Abe was criticised for the government’s slow response in July a year ago, when heavy rains triggered landslides and floods, killing more than 200 people in Japan’s worst weather disaster in 36 years.

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Members of the fire department monitor the water level of the Wada River[/caption]

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A mother and child in another car swept away by a landslide sustained minor injuries[/caption]


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