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Japan issues an emergency alert after heavy rains in the south of the country

August 28, 2019

TOKYO, Aug. 28 (Reuters / EP) –

Japan's meteorological agency has issued an emergency alert to the residents of Kyushu, after the island, which is located in the south of the country, suffered record levels of rain this Wednesday morning that threatens to cause landslides, floods and other natural disasters.

The Japanese chain NHK has assured that a man has died when his vehicle was dragged in the prefecture of Saga, where some areas suffered rains of more than 100 millimeters in one hour.

Television images show cars with water above their tires and people walking with water to their knees in flooded streets after several rivers overflowed.

Kyodo News has reported that the evacuation of about 240,000 residents has been ordered in Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Saga prefectures in northern Kyushu.

The meteorological agency has indicated that some areas of northern Kyushu were suffering from torrential rains that are only seen once in a few decades and has assigned the highest alert level.