UPDATED 10:40 AM PT — Saturday, July 4, 2020
15 people are presumed dead and nine went missing after mass flooding hit Japan this week. More than 75,000 residents were forced to vacate their homes due to the region’s Level 3 floods.
Rescue workers were sent to save victims and warn people about the rising water levels in the area.
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Over 92,000 households are preparing for more floods and landslides in the region.
“Special heavy rain warnings were issued in Kumamoto and Kagoshima prefectures,” explained Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. “So far, flooding of Kuma River and some landslides have occurred, and there is also information of people who may have been fallen victim to landslides.”
Homeowners who were not able to evacuate quickly enough sought safety on rooftops.