Record Heavy Rain Pounds Oita, Kumamoto – 50,000 ordered to evacuate after 3 dead

At least three people have died and 50,000 have been ordered to evacuate their homes as unprecedented rains pound southwestern prefectures of Kumamoto and Oita in Kyushu, officials and media said Thursday.

Emergency workers in Kumamoto Prefecture are responding to multiple reports of mudslides swallowing houses and people trapped, with access roads blocked by mud or gushing water, officials said.

Self-Defense Force troops have been deployed with more than 500 millimeters of rain falling in the eight hours to 10 a.m. Thursday in some parts of the prefecture.

“Particularly in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures, we are seeing the heaviest rain that the region has ever experienced,” the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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