About 1.42 million families in Japan have called for an evacuation amid heavy rains that hit the country’s western and southern prefectures.
Heavy rains following seasonal typhoons continue to negatively affect life in many prefectures, according to NHK, a public broadcaster.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has called for the evacuation of a total of 1.42 million families in Fukuoka, Saga, Hiroshima and Nagasaki prefectures on Kyushu Island.
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said 14 rivers overflowed their banks in the region.
Flooding caused by the flooding of the Rokkaku River in Saga Prefecture flooded the first floor of Juntendo Hospital. Patients were transferred to the upper floors of the building.
Addressing the residents of the region, State Minister of Natural Disasters Tanahashi Yasufumi asked to take all precautions against the risks that threaten their lives.
JMA spokesman Yushi Adachi called the rainfall unprecedented and said the situation had caused landslides and flooding in some prefectures.
“Don’t wait for the announcement of an emergency. Heed evacuation warnings and take care of your own safety, ”he said.
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