Japan on Saturday issued instructions to more than 120,000 residents in southern prefectures to evacuate areas due to heavy rain. NHK has given this information. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued heavy rain alerts in three prefectures on the island of Kyushu. Due to this, the residents here had to order the evacuation of the area. A week ago, the resort town of Atami received heavy rains, causing landslides. At least nine people were killed and 20 went missing.
One person told CNN that the landslide sounded like a tsunami. It was like a big wave, which came with the sound of thunder. Electric poles were shaking. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga expressed his condolences to the victims and said rescuers were doing their best to save lives. He also said that heavy rains would continue in many parts. Urged the people of the country to pay attention to the weather updates.
The torrential rain caused powerful landslides in Atami's Shizuoka Prefecture, which is located about 90 km (56 mi) southwest of Tokyo. Due to this the city's water supply came to a standstill and roads were also damaged. Many people became homeless.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed grief over the loss of life in Japan due to landslides. His spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement this information was given on Monday. He said Guterres expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, the government and the people of Japan. The statement said the United Nations stands with the government and people of Japan.