More than a million people were told to evacuate their homes in southern Japan this week as heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding, dumping as much as three feet of water in some areas. One person was confirmed dead, another was missing and at least four were injured in Kagoshima Prefecture, the hardest-hit area.
The rains started over the weekend and led to landslide warnings in three prefectures. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to “do our best for rescue and lifesaving activities.”
Kagoshima’s governor, Satoshi Mitazono, asked for military assistance in rescue efforts, and 14,000 troops were on standby to help.
At least 80 homes were damaged by the mudslides and flooding, and 1,700 homes were left without power.