Heavy rain hits southern Japan, over 120,000 ordered to evacuate

Reuters
Tokyo, Japan Published: Jul 10, 2021, 02:24 PM(IST)

A general view shows mud and debris at the scene of a landslide following days of heavy rain in Atami in Shizuoka Prefecture on July 3, 2021 Photograph:( AFP )

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The Japan Meteorological Agency issued its highest rain alerts in three prefectures on Kyushu island, prompting some local governments to order residents to evacuate

Japan issued evacuation requests to more than 120,000 residents in some southern prefectures due to heavy rain on Saturday, NHK reported, just days after deadly landslides struck the seaside city of Atami southwest of Tokyo.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued its highest rain alerts in three prefectures on Kyushu island, prompting some local governments to order residents to evacuate.

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A week ago heavy rains lashed the resort city of Atami, triggering landslides that have killed at least nine people and left 20 missing.

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