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TOKYO (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people across a wide swathe of western and central Japan were evacuated from their homes on Friday as torrential rains pounded the nation, flooding rivers, setting off landslides and leaving at least two people dead.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the rainfall was “historic” and warned more rain was set to batter already saturated parts of the nation through Sunday.
The article goes on to state the following:
By Friday morning, one part of the main island of Honshu had been hit with twice the total amount of rain for a normal July.
At least two people were killed, one when he was sucked down a drainage pipe and another an elderly woman toppled by a gust of wind. Several more people were missing, including one whose car was swept away as he delivered milk in the early morning hours, NHK national television said.
A middle school boy was missing after he was swept away by flood waters in a ditch, NHK added.
“The situation is extremely dangerous,” wrote a Twitter user in Kochi, a city on the smallest main island of Shikoku, where the rain has been especially intense.
— Japan Today News (@JapanToday) July 5, 2018
i’m worry …first time to see like this..plz take care .. https://t.co/oEDLKd3VVT
— 個別指導塾YES YES検定指導学院 (@kobetsuYES) July 5, 2018
HEAVY RAIN IN #JAPAN
— Kjeld Duits (@KjeldDuits) July 5, 2018
West Japan braces for record rain as 680 thousand residents urged to evacuatehttps://t.co/tV9tdvr9Wq
— Thoton Akimoto (@Thoton) July 5, 2018
83,000 people in Kyoto ordered to evacuate after heavy rain in western Japan – The Mainichi https://t.co/vak733B3Qg
— Caribbean disaster (@BagalueSunab) July 5, 2018
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