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Thursday, 18 August 2022 02:11 GMT

Heavy rains in Japan force evacuation


(MENAFN) Thousands of people across a wide swathe of western and central Japan have been evacuated from their homes as torrential rain flooded rivers and set off landslides, killing at least four people.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued its strongest possible warning about the "historic" rainfall and said more was expected to hit already soaked areas through Sunday, raising the danger of more landslides and major damage.

According to NHK national television, at least four people were killed and several are missing, including a man whose car was swept away as he delivered milk and a boy who was swept into a ditch.

About 210,000 people were ordered from their homes due to the danger of further landslides and flooding, nearly half of them in a wide area surrounding Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto, and nearly 2 million more were advised to leave, as of Friday afternoon.

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