Massive flood hits Japan increasing the possibility of once-in-decades disaster
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 06-Jul-2017

Fukuoka, July 6: Technology has advanced a lot with time but natural calamity cannot be prevented with any technology. With the heavy torrential rain, the southwestern Japan is devastated by a massive flood. Followed by the flood, mudslides have been caused by the rain. According to local people, at least 11 people are missing. The number may be increased with the time as search and rescue operations. The Japanese government dispatched about 7,500 personnel, consisting of police officers, firefighters, and Self-Defense Forces.

The southwestern Japan’s main island of Kyushu is expected to be hit by heavy rain through July 7, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has stated. 32 municipalities in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures are also in an emergency situation with heavy rain warnings. A body was discovered in Asakura, Fukuoka Prefecture.

TheJapann government already deployed 7,500 personnel to control the emergency situation in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures. "The government will do its utmost to save victims and take stock of the damage, placing priority on people's lives," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference. Depending on the situation the government may expand the scale of the rescue effort.

The atmospheric situation remains unstable giving the rise of possibility to a once-in-decades disaster. Rainfall of over 50 millimeters per hour was registered in the areas. As a river flooded in Asakura in Fukuoka, almost 54 people including 18 pupils were left stranded.

 Villages, roads, railway stations are heavily affected by the situation.Many people are separated from family, friends,m relatives. "We are yet to grasp the whole picture of the damage," disaster management minister Jun Matsumoto told.