On Sunday, troops from Japan’s Self-Defense Force brought in supplies via airlift to the thousands of victims on the island of Kyushu who have been cut off by landslides from a torrential rainstorm. The unprecedented rainfall caused flooding and mudslides that have destroyed houses, left close to 20 people dead, and over 20 more missing. The SDF soldiers brought food, water, and medical supplies to those in the mountains of Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture, while local authorities made their own attempts to bring the injured and elderly to hospitals.
With the rainstorm beginning on Wednesday, close to 50,000 people in Kyushu were giver evacuation orders. Of those in Yume, roughly 2,000 regained access to supplies by Saturday, but another 3,500 are still cut off by landslides that have blocked roads, preventing access to water. A spokesperson for the government of Yame City has stated that they are unsure of when they will be able to clear the roads. Rescue operations involving the removal of uprooted trees and boulders have begun in other areas of Kyushu.
The weather had eased by the beginning of the weekend, but the Japan Meteorological Agency continues to issue warning that additional heavy rain may occur at any time, and result in further flooding or landslides. Some of the worst areas in Kumamoto Prefecture received roughly 500 millimeters (20 inches) of rain within an eight-hour period.
[Via The Australian]
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