Japan: Torrential rain cause mudslides and floods

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

18th Aug, 2021. 01:34 pm
Japan

Torrential rain caused mudslides and floods across Japan, killing three people and causing more people to flee their homes.

A mudslide in Okaya City, in the central Japanese prefecture of Nagano, buried eight people early Sunday.
According to the Fire and Rescue Service, three people were dead when rescue workers discovered them, and two others were wounded.

A mudslide in Nagasaki killed one person, wounded another, and left two more missings on Friday, while another mudslide in Hiroshima badly injured one person. According to the disaster management agency, hundreds of people have been rescued from flooded regions in the southern Kyushu region as well as Hiroshima by Sunday.

Since last week, southern Japan has been flooded by heavy rain. Nearly 200 towns in high-risk flood or mudslide areas have issued evacuation orders, impacting more than four million people, yet there are no penalties for those who disobey them.

Floods and mudslides have destroyed more than 500 properties across the country, according to the disaster management agency.

Earthquake jolts Hasaki, Japan

HONG KONG: An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 jolted 112 km ENE of Hasaki, Japan at 10:29:16 GMT on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 36.1797 degrees north latitude and 141.947 degrees east longitude.–Xinhua

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