Skooter reporting 07/15/12
Torrential rainfall in south-west Japan prompted officials to order about 250,000 people to leave their homes to avoid floods. On the southern island of Kyushu flooding and landslides have left at least 20 people dead in the past three days.
Photos showed muddy waters sweeping through homes and streets as rivers overflowed their banks in the north of the island. About seven people were reported to be missing on Friday, Japanese media said. Japan’s Self-Defence Forces have been brought in to help search for missing.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has warned of more rain and landslides. More than 75cm or 30 inches of rain poured in 72 hours in the city of Aso, in Kumamoto prefecture, weather officials said.
In the prefectures of Fukuoka, Saga, Kumamoto and Oita, 85,0000 households were affected by the evacuation orders. Around 190,000 people from 65,000 households were issued the order, with entire area of the cities of Yanagawa, Yame and Miyama to be evacuated.