[4], The Kuma River basin had previously flooded in 1965. 2020 Kyushu floods, at least fifteen dead in flooding in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, since the 2018 Japan floods. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? These climate events have killed hundreds of people, and expert analysis has stated global warming is a contributing cause. [18] However, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, in a statement on 6 July, said he did not expect major supply chain disruptions. [2] Fourteen of the victims were residents of an old age home in Kuma, Kumamoto that was flooded. More than 200,000 people were urged to evacuate their homes in Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures following torrential rain on 03 and 04 July. [6] The Japan Meteorological Agency stated the amount of rain was record-breaking for the region and was never seen before. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. The rescue personnel managed to rescue residents who had made it up to the second floor but were unable to reach those left below. Japan floods leave dozens dead, including nursing home residents ... Sun 5 Jul 2020 05.57 EDT First published on Sat 4 Jul 2020 07.42 EDT. Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of Japan’s main island, … (Kyodo) Kyushu Electric Power Co. said about 4,000 homes in the prefecture continued to be without electricity as of Monday afternoon. Approximately 15,335 buildings have been destroyed, damaged or flooded. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. About 8,000 homes in Kumamoto and neighboring Kagoshima were without electricity, according to the Kyushu Electric Power Co. The government said it was sending some 10,000 Defence Force personnel to the region. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Rescuers were still searching for the third person. TOKYO (Reuters) - The death toll from floods and landslides unleashed by torrential rains on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu rose to 20 on Sunday, with 14 people missing, NHK public TV said. Dozens of people were left stranded on rooftops and more than 75,000 people were urged to evacuate from the Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures in western Japan, about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) southwest of Tokyo, following the rain. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Tokyo (AP) -- Pounding rain that already caused deadly floods in southern Japan was moving northeast Wednesday, battering large areas of … Start your Independent Premium subscription today. [11][12], Following overnight rains, authorities instructed more than 75,000 residents to evacuate in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima. In Hitoyoshi city, rescuers transported some residents in a boat. (Kyodo) Yukinobu Katsueda, chief priest at a Buddhist temple in Kuma, said, "I heard an enormous sound of water gushing in the middle of the night. Areas are inundated in muddy waters that gushed out from the Kuma River in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan, Saturday, July 4, … [7] In Tsunagi, Kumamoto, 2–3 people were pulled out of a landslide without signs of life. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. [17], The flooding has also disrupted economic activity in Kyushu, an important manufacturing area in Japan. [16][6][13], On the morning of 7 July, the Chikugo River overflowed in Hita, Ōita leading authorities to issue the highest level alert to residents. On the first floor, when water came into the building, they placed residents with wheelchairs on top of tables in the dining room. This aerial photo shows the flooded area caused by the swollen Chikugo River, not seen in photo, in Kurume city, Fukuoka prefecture, southern Japan Wednesday, July 8, 2020… 55 Dead, a Dozen Missing in Japan Floods . 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[1] As a result of flooding and landslides, 77 people were confirmed dead (includes 1 death due to cardiopulmonary arrest) and approximately seven are missing. [8] According to the staff at the home, they roused residents at 5 a.m. and shuffled them upstairs. Japan Self-Defense Force (SDF) carry out flood rescues in Kuma, Kumamoto, Japan, July 2020. AMDA Emergency Relief #5: Flood Disaster in Kyushu, Japan (13 July 2020) [10], Fourteen of the dead were residents in a flooded old age home in Kuma, Kumamoto. Volunteers from the local rafting association in Hitoyoshi used their rafts to rescue stranded residents in the flooded town. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Last year, Typhoon Hagibis killed nearly 100 people, a year after more than 200 died in western Japan in the worst flooding in decades. I could feel the vibrations from the churning water through the road next to the riverbank.”. [7] The rate of rainfall exceeded 100 millimeters (3.9 in) per hour. [10], Evacuees and local officials raised concerns regarding emergency shelter given the simultaneously ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Collection of 23 photos of flood damage. Rescuers are searching for 14 people missing after floods hit the Kumamoto region on Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu About 34 people are either confirmed or … Flooding and mudslides have left as many as 50 people confirmed or presumed dead or missing in southern Japan.