- Title: Residents in southwestern Japan clean up after floods
- Date: 8th July 2020
- Summary: KUMAMURA, KUMAMOTO PREFECTURE, JAPAN (JULY 8, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DAMAGED HOMES AND VEHICLES (MUTE) VARIOUS OF DRONE SHOTS SHOWING DAMAGED HOMES, VEHICLES ALONG KUMAGAWA RIVER HITOYOSHI, KUMAMOTO PREFECTURE, JAPAN (JULY 8, 2020) (REUTERS) CAR DRIVING ON DAMAGED STREET WITH DEBRIS AND TRASH CAR THAT WAS WASHED AWAY VARIOUS OF MAN BAGGING TRASH ON MUDDY STREET COLLAPSED HOUSE AND DAMAGED VEHICLE MAN WALKING ON MUDDY STREET WITH WHEELBARROW VARIOUS OF MAN WEARING FACE SHIELD CLEANING UP TRASH IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE
- Embargoed: 22nd July 2020 12:29
- Keywords: Fukuoka Gifu Japan Kumamoto Nagano aftermath cleanup flood mudslide natural disaster rain
- Location: KUMAMURA, HITOYOSHI, KUMAMOTO PREFECTURE, OMUTA, FUKUOKA PREFECTURE, IKUSAKA, NAGANO PREFECTURE, MINOKAMO, GIFU PREFECTURE, JAPAN
- City: KUMAMURA, HITOYOSHI, KUMAMOTO PREFECTURE, OMUTA, FUKUOKA PREFECTURE, IKUSAKA, NAGANO PREFECTURE, MINOKAMO, GIFU PREFECTURE, JAPAN
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Floods
- Reuters ID: LVA001CLY6RT3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: People in southwestern Japan were busy cleaning up on Wednesday (July 8) following the aftermath of torrential rain that has pounded the area since the weekend killing dozens of people in floods and landslides.
In Hitoyoshi, a severe flood of the Kumagawa River destroyed houses along the riverbanks. Ruined home appliances and furniture lined local streets, while residents shovelled mud and bagged garbage. An excavator worked to clear debris.
As of Wednesday, 59 people have been confirmed dead, including 18 in Hitoyoshi. Seventeen people remain missing.
Meanwhile, the heavy rain moved into central Japan's Nagano and Gifu prefectures. The country's meteorological agency issued a heavy rain emergency in the two prefectures early Wednesday but downgraded the alert to a warning later in the day.
Water levels of rivers in the region were seen rising and officials are telling residents to stay vigilant.
(Production: Kim Kyung-Hoon, Akiko Okamoto)
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