Torrential rains lashed much of Japan on Sunday (15 August), submerging roads and buildings in the western part of the country, while three people were feared dead after a landslide in central Nagano prefecture.
Large parts of Japan, particularly the southernmost main island of Kyushu, have seen record levels of rainfall, causing rivers to overflow and triggering landslides.
Japan ‘will continue to face conditions in which a large-scale disaster could occur at anytime, anywhere,’ Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said at a ministerial meeting on Sunday. He called on local municipalities and relevant organisations to cooperate and act with speed on rescue missions and aid.
In Takeo, a city in Saga prefecture in Kyushu, entire roads were submerged as rescue workers in wetsuits dragged inflatable boats and surveyed the damage. Local residents carried broomsticks and buckets and waded knee-deep in water.
In 2019, Takeo city was hit by a record-hitting downpour that killed three people. The government at the time estimated that such a deluge would only happen once every few decades.
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