Floods in Fukuoka, Japan After 11cm Rain in 1 Hour

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Torrential rainfall has caused flooding and landslides once again in Japan. This time in the southern prefecture of Fukuoka, and across parts of the island of Kyushu.

Local media reported that one man, believed to be a policeman, has been killed in the floods after he was swept away by a swollen river in the town of Shime, Kasuya District on Friday 22 August 2014. Flooding and the threat of landslides promoted authorities in the city of Chikushino to issue an evacuation advisory for over 100,000 residents.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency reported record high levels of short term rainfall in the area, with Chikushino seeing 110 mm (4.3 inches) of rain fall in an hour early on Friday 22 August. The city of Dazaifu saw 98.5 mm of rain fall in one hour. Flooding was also seen in Kasuga and Onoj.

Over 30 people died in recent floods and landslides in Hiroshima, Japan, earlier in August 2014, when over 30cm of rain fell in 3 hours.