Unprecendented rainfall in Japan leaves trail of destruction

Posted on July 12, 2012


Arata Yamamoto of NBC News reports — An unprecedented 20 inches of rain descended on the town of Aso in southwestern Japan, inundating homes and rice paddies and killing at least 6 people. 20 people are still reportedly missing.

Images on local news reports showed cars being dragged into the raging rivers and houses destroyed by landslides.


About 50,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in the island of Kyushu, in south-western Japan, after heavy rains have caused mudslides, blocked roads and people trapped.

Six people have died due to the unprecedented flooding. “Particularly in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures, we are seeing the heaviest rain that (the region) has ever experienced,” according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

More than 17,000 households had been ordered to evacuate in Kumamoto Prefecture. An additional 5,000 have been recommended to start looking for shelter elsewhere.

Tokyo Times

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