The new normal (part 6): 250,000 evacuated in Japan due to heavy rains, scores dead

This time it is Japan in “unprecedented rains”:

ALMOST a quarter of a million people have been ordered to leave their homes in southwest Japan as heavy rain pounded the area for the third day, with 20 already dead, officials and reports say. 

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of more landslides and floods on the main southern island of Kyushu as rainfall of up to 11 centimetres an hour was recorded early on Saturday. 

Evacuation orders had been issued to about 240,000 people in the north of Kyushu where more rivers burst their banks, public broadcaster NHK and Jiji Press news agency reported, compiling figures from various authorities.

They were told to go to designated shelters such as schools and other public facilities, while more people were advised to leave their homes. 

Television footage showed torrents of muddy, debris-strewn water and flooded houses following what officials described as “unprecedented” downpours from a weather front on Thursday.

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