Meteorological Agency has issued a heavy rain emergency warning for Gifu and Nagano.Torrential rain continues to pound parts of Japan
Torrential rainfall today in #Kumamoto (southwest #Japan) forced authorities to fully operate a dam #spillway which caused severe flooding in the downstream area. This was necessary to prevent overtopping of the dam and potential dam break! #Flood
The death toll from torrential rains in southwestern Japan rose to 56 on Tuesday, as disaster-affected areas widened to the northern Kyushu region, Kyodo News reported. The number of Self-Defense Forces members to be deployed in Kumamoto Prefecture and other areas hit by the downpour will be doubled to 20,000.
Rescue workers have been mobilized to search for those missing and help people evacuate. At least 12 people remain unaccounted for since the rains first pounded the prefecture over the weekend, causing flooding and mudslides. About 1.38 million people in the region and nearby provinces have been advised to seek refuge.