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Heavy rain and floods forced evacuation of hundreds of thousands in Japan

Torrential rain hit southwestern Japan on Wednesday morning. In the early morning, 110 mm of rain was recorded in the city of Saga and 109.5 mm in Shiroishi, Saga Prefecture, in a one-hour period.

Heavy rains prompted evacuation fo more than 840,000 people as rivers overflowed. A lot of vehicles submerged. Landslides were confirmed in the city of Takeo. At least three people people were confirmed dead. As of noon, Fukuoka, Saga and Nagasaki prefectures had issued evacuation orders. Saga Gov. Yoshinori Yamaguchi requested the Self-Defense Forces be dispatched to provide disaster relief. “It is a situation where you should do your best to protect your lives,” weather agency official Yasushi Kajiwara said in a news conference Wednesday morning.

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Major manufacturers with production centers in northern Kyushu, including Toyota Motor Co.’s factory in Miyawaka, Fukuoka Prefecture, suspended operations of their factories Wednesday. Logistics in northern Kyushu were also affected. JR Kyushu, the national railway operator in the area, also announced that it has suspended and delayed train services on several lines. In a regular press conference on Tuesday, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga urged residents to pay attention to government updates on the heavy rain and flooding.

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