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Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is situated in the northwest Pacific Ocean, and is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, while extending from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south. Wikipedia

Capital: Tokyo

Population: 125.8 million (2020) World Bank

Currency: Japanese yen

Prime minister: Fumio Kishida

Gross domestic product: 5.065 trillion USD (2019) World Bank

Emperor: Naruhito

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Date: July 5, 2023

The western regions of Honshu and Kyushu islands in south-western Japan have been grappling with torrential downpours since July 1, leading to severe flooding and triggering landslides that have caused casualties and significant damage.

Reports from local media indicate that the relentless rainfall has claimed the life of one individual in western Yamaguchi Prefecture, located on Honshu island. Meanwhile, two people remain missing in western Oita Prefecture, situated on the Kyushu islands. In addition to the loss of life, approximately 30 individuals have sustained injuries as a result of the adverse weather conditions.

Furthermore, the deluge has left a devastating impact on the affected regions, with over 270 houses sustaining damage. The destruction includes structural impairment and water inundation, leaving many residents displaced and in need of assistance.

In response to the escalating crisis, national authorities have taken swift action to protect the population. In the south-western city of Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, an evacuation order was issued, affecting approximately 360,000 residents. With heavy rainfall exacerbating the risk of flooding and landslides, authorities made the difficult decision to prioritize the safety and well-being of the local populace.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued a red warning, its highest level of alert, for heavy rain and landslides in Kagoshima Prefecture. This serves as a critical advisory for residents to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure their safety. Over the next 24 hours, meteorologists predict a continuation of intense rainfall in the south-western part of Kyushu island, exacerbating the already dire situation.

Rescue and relief efforts are currently underway in the affected regions, with emergency services and local authorities working tirelessly to evacuate stranded individuals, provide medical aid, and assess the extent of the damage. The Japanese government has mobilized resources to address the crisis, including deploying disaster response teams and coordinating with local communities to ensure efficient and effective support.

The heavy rainfall and resulting floods and landslides serve as a stark reminder of the country's vulnerability to natural disasters. Japan's topography, with its mountainous terrain and heavy monsoon rains during the summer season, makes it particularly prone to such events. The government and local communities continuously strive to improve disaster preparedness and response to mitigate the impact of these catastrophic occurrences.

As the affected regions brace for another day of heavy rainfall, it is essential for residents to remain alert, heed official warnings, and follow instructions from local authorities to ensure their safety. The situation continues to evolve, and updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

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Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
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Humanitarian Impact
  360,000
      Affected Persons
    270
          Damaged Homes

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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