The bad weather in southwest Japan, which forced the authorities to issue the highest weather alert, caused at least six deaths, according to the latest balance released this Tuesday by the authorities.
The rains, which affect mainly the Fukuoka and Oita prefectures since the beginning of the weekend, they have left several cities isolated due to rising rivers and landslides, so the death toll could rise, said government spokesman Hirakazu Matsuno at a press conference.
Nearly a dozen freeways were closed11 train lines were suspended and about 1,400 homes are without electricity, while another 200 are without water, and there are problems with telecommunications networks in various parts of Fukuoka and Oita, added the spokesman.
Three people are missing.
On Monday, the national authorities decided to activate a special meteorological alert for this type of catastrophes, but at the end of the day they lowered the alert level as the front moved eastwards.
Japan issues special warning of risk of severe catastrophes
These warnings are used in the Asian country when the risk of accidents is “extremely high”according to the National Meteorological Agency.