Japan urges 370,000 Shimane residents to evacuate their homes | News

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The heavy rains that have been recorded in Japan since last month continue this Saturday in the archipelago, reported local authorities, who specified that in Shimane prefecture and other areas in the west of the Asian country, some 370,000 residents in two cities were urged to evacuate their homes.


Report 360,000 evacuees before rains in Japan

At least 196,748 people from the Japanese city of Matsue (in the west) have received this Saturday "emergency evacuation orders" due to the risk of flooding and landslides as a result of the heavy rains that hit the area.

The local authorities have declared a level four alert for the entire city around 8:40 a.m. (local time) and, from that moment, residents of areas considered “dangerous” have begun to be relocated to treatment centers. evacuation.

Matsue, the capital of Shimane Prefecture, recorded 193 millimeters of rain during the 24-hour period up to 3:20 p.m. local time on July 8. Murakami in Niigata Prefecture had 131mm.

On the other hand, in the city of Izumo, there have been at least 15 landslides and 20 places were impacted by overflowing rivers.

With roads cut, four areas of the city were cut off although lifelines remained intact, according to the prefectural and city governments.

A car that plunged into a river in the city, and local police and rescuers said they are searching for the driver.

In Shimane, Izumo saw 109mm of precipitation in a six-hour period on Saturday, while neighboring Matsue saw 95.5mm of rain, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

As the seasonal rain front remains over the Japanese archipelago, the agency urged caution, particularly in the western, southwestern and central regions of Japan, where thunderstorms are possible on Sunday, the agency said.

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