Heavy downpour causes landslide in Japan, three presumed dead

 Tuesday, August 17, 2021 



Torrential rain hits west Japan causing inundation of road and buildings. Three people are assumed dead after a landslide in central Nagano district.

The southernmost main island of Kyushu and other parts of the country saw unprecedented rainfall causing floods and landslides.

While rain had stopped in areas like Kyushu as of Sunday morning, heavy downpour pounded cities like Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said at a ministerial meeting on Sunday that Japan will continue to face conditions in which an apocalyptic disaster may occur at any time.

He also said it is important to be on high alert in the areas where the rain had stopped. He called on the local municipalities and relevant organisations to cooperate and act promptly on rescue missions.

In Takeo, a city in Saga district, entire roads were inundated. Rescue workers in wet-suits hauled inflatable boats and surveyed the damage.

Local residents waded through knee-deep water with broomsticks and buckets.

Toshimi Kusumoto, a doctor whose clinic was under water said that Japan flood was the worst of all others he had ever seen.

The 68-year-old doctor waited out the rain with his family on the second floor of his house and most of the appliances needed shifting to a secure place.

He rebuilt the house only four years ago and already it had witnessed two floods.

Earlier, in 2019 a record downpour in Takeo city claimed three lives.

The then government estimated that such a deluge would happen only once in every few decades.

Takayuki Haraguchi 68 who works as a caretaker at a local sports centre came to survey the damage on Saturday and said that it looked no different from a sea.

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