Heavy rain alert

There is a heavy rain alert issued by the Japanese Bureau of Meteorology. Already, urban area flooding has occurred, landslides in Gifu and in the south west of Japan. So far, two people are missing in landslide areas in the south. There is a risk of flood barriers collapsing, and threats of inundation. Many residents in low lying areas have been told to be prepared to evacuate at short notice. Some community shelters have already taken in elderly residents, and others who have difficulties moving. My area does have the threat of the local canals (pictured below) over flowing, and fire engines can sometimes be heard with sirens on going around my neighbourhood. Currently, the issued warnings say thunderstorms and dense fog. The full collection of photos in the Disaster gallery.

One comment

  1. Andrew says:

    A follow up, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) states that 400,000 people have evacuated their homes ( http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-14/thousands-told-to-evacuate-in-japan-deluge/4131058 ), whilst The Japan Times claims 240,000 people ( http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120715a1.html#.UAIWuPVWNf8 ). Considering the lack of accurate information purposefully not reported by Japanese news agencies about nuclear protests in Japan, and the period following the Fukushima Disaster, I am uncertain which figure is closer to reality. Is local information accurate? Is local numbers being under-reported?

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