Rains and floods force military intervention in Japan

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Rains and floods force military intervention in Japan





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An aerial view of the flooded Kuma River after heavy rain in a residential area of ​​Hitoyoshi, Japan.


The Japanese prime minister calls on the army after the torrential rains on the island of Kyushu. A flooded river invaded a retirement home on Saturday, which is believed to kill 14 residents.

The victims were found in “heart failureIn this old people’s home in the village of Kuma in the Kumamoto region, said the governor of this prefecture, Ikuo Kabashima.

Japanese authorities often use this term before the death notice by a doctor. Nearly 10,000 members of the Japanese self-defense forces are scheduled to participate in rescue operations on Sunday in Kyushu Island, in the southern archipelago.


The flooded Kuma River in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, where some 75,000 people have been ordered to evacuate.


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The flooded Kuma River in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, where some 75,000 people have been ordered to evacuate.


The authorities also recommend the evacuation of 200,000 residents.

The Prime Minister’s statement was followed by that of Toshiaki Mizukami, an official from Kumamoto Prefecture. “We strongly urge people to take steps to protect themselves while it continues to rain heavily.

The heavy rains caused the suspension of certain regional rail links, including the high-speed train Shinkansen. Some 8,000 households were left without electricity.

Japan is currently in the middle of the rainy season, a period often marked by floods and landslides.


Vehicles cross a flooded road in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture.


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Vehicles cross a flooded road in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture.

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