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Heavy rain hits Aichi, Gifu prefectures, evacuation ordered

Heavy rain hit Aichi and Gifu prefectures in central Japan on
Friday, causing river floods and prompting authorities to issue
evacuation orders to some 74,000 residents.

A seasonal rain front brought in wet air, leading to torrential
rainfall measuring 120 millimeters an hour in Inuyama and Komaki
cities in Aichi in the morning, according to the Japan Meteorological
Agency. The Inuyama city office ordered 74,000 residents to evacuate
their home as some houses and roads were flooded and mudslides
occurred at least at three locations in the city.

Blackouts affected around 3,500 households in the prefectures
and railway operators temporarily suspended operation on some routes.

No casualties have been reported, and the evacuation orders were
lifted later.

The development came after torrential rain earlier in the month
caused river floods and mudslides on the main southwestern island of
Kyushu, claiming the lives of at least 30 people.

Minokamo city in Gifu, near Inuyama, saw record per-hour
rainfall of 89.5 mm in the morning. Mudslides occurred in five
locations in the city and a falling tree hit a train on the
Nagaragawa railway line near Minoshi Station but no one was hurt.

In Inuyama, 45 facilities were designated as temporary
evacuation centers at one point. (July 14)


Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows the Japanese
town of Oguchi hit by a river flood. Heavy rain poured down on Aichi
and Gifu prefectures in central Japan. (Kyodo)