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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Heavy rain forces 25000 to evacuate in SW Japan

OSAKA - About 25,000 people were forced to evacuate homes in Japan's Kyushu island Wednesday due to threats of landslides or flooding caused by heavy rainfall that continued from Tuesday morning, local press said.

According to Japan's public broadcaster Nippon Hoso Kyokai, a total of 16,800 people in the city of Hita in Oita Prefecture were urged on Wednesday morning to leave home due to rising water levels of nearby rivers.

The city ordered the residents to evacuate from their homes the previous day and decided to take the similar measure Wednesday because of the continuous rainfall brought by a seasonal rain front.

Meanwhile, in Fukuoka Prefecture, more than 7,600 residents were advised to evacuate in the city of Asakura where landslide hit some houses in the previous day.

In Saga Prefecture, a car fell into a swelling canal on Wednesday morning. The driver of the car was rescued but remained in critical condition. Read More