Japanese government urges two million to evacuate amid torrential rainfall

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Japanese government urges two million to evacuate amid torrential rainfall

Almost two million have been told to evacuate their homes amid torrential rain in Japan, according to reports.

Fukuoka and Hiroshima are among the prefectures that have been issued the government’s highest rain warning, according to the BBC.

In Nagasaki Prefecture, a woman died and her husband and daughter were missing following a landslide, according to the report.

An overflowing Muromi river is seen in Fukuoka.
An overflowing Muromi river is seen in Fukuoka.
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An urban area is partially submerged by heavy rain in Takeo, Saga prefecture, southwestern Japan.
An urban area is partially submerged by heavy rain in Takeo, Saga Prefecture, southwestern Japan.
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This handout picture taken on August 14, 2021 and received by Jiji Press from Saga Prefecture shows a Saga prefecture disaster prevention aviation crew during rescue operations in the flooded Rokkaku river basin in Takeo City.
A Saga Prefecture disaster prevention aviation crew during rescue operations in the flooded Rokkaku river basin in Takeo City.
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Heavy rain is expected to continue across Japan.
Heavy rain is expected to continue across Japan.
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Yushi Adachi, of the nation’s meteorological agency, called the weather “unprecedented,” according to the report. “It’s highly likely that some kind of disaster has already occurred,” he said.

Western prefectures are the worst-hit so far, but heavy rain is expected across the country, according to the report.

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