Japan: Floods Spark Evacuations

Authorities in central Japan ordered tens of thousands to flee their homes after rains flooded rivers and triggered landslides, with one person missing after a mudslide buried houses.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued special downpour warnings for Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures, north of Tokyo, urging vigilance against mudslides and flooding.

“This is a scale of downpour that we have not experienced before. Grave danger could be imminent,” meteorologist Takuya Deshimaru said at an emergency press conference. Tochigi authorities ordered more than 90,000 residents to evacuate, while another 116,000 were advised to leave their homes, public broadcaster NHK said.



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